By Judith Thwaites
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IDEA Building Bridges 14 Focus Group size Preparation/Resources All six aspects Small Set of wooden bricks Clean kitchen-roll tubes (optional) This helps to build the children’s positive self-image, making the most of a little quality time between children and carer. • Guide the babies as they use the bricks to build: – a tower – a bridge (ﬂattened kitchen-roll tubes can form the span) – parking bays or a garage for toy cars – a bed for a small doll (add a ‘blanket’ such as a piece of soft material) – a few steps for a toy ﬁgure to climb before jumping off onto a cushion, then bouncing off as from a trampoline – an enclosure for toy sheep – a play park.
Encourage the children to show off their new skills, where appropriate without any help. 37 IDEA 32 Weather the Weather Focus Group size Preparation/Resources Self-care Any None Small children often have deﬁnite ideas about which clothes they do and don’t want to wear. This activity helps them think about what they actually need to wear to match the weather. • Ask parents if, just for today, they would mind not removing any outdoor garments their children are wearing when they arrive. • If possible, look out of the window with the children to decide what sort of weather we have today, or stand outside brieﬂy in a safe place together.
It’s important to encourage and give praise for trying, even if the effort was unsuccessful on this occasion, or if only a small part of the new skill was learned. 18 IDEA 16 Comedy Turn Focus Group size Preparation/Resources Self-conﬁdence and Self-esteem Individual or Cushion small Cuddly toy Clean, dry towel or ﬂannel Babies and toddlers like to be looked at and approved of. These ideas also appeal to babies’ innate sense of fun and provide a gentle laugh for all. • Have the baby create a ‘joke’ or piece of comedy by encouraging a copy of something you have just done that made her/him laugh.
100 Ideas for Teaching Personal, Social and Emotional Development by Judith Thwaites