What to do: Write the titles of children’s favourite songs and books on index cards and put these into a bag or box. Like a lucky dip, at story or song time select one child to draw an index card from the bag/box. This may not be the child’s preferred choice, permitting discussion of how to manage disappointment. This might include discussions about fairness, understanding perspectives and preferences of others, and that we don’t always get to do the things we want to do (although sometimes we do).
Too easy? How to increase challenge: After the child selects a story or song, have them find out whose favourite story or song it was, and why.
Ideal formation(s): Small group or large group.
What you need: Story or song titles written out, and added as index cards in a box or bag.
What it does: This activity challenges children’s ability to manage (potential) disappointment and persist with tasks that may be less desirable.
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