Props and Toys: Learning and Behaviour Management and Positive Reinforcement
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The activities in this article aid in facilitating social interaction and good behaviour skills in the early years.
Children in early years and throughout Key Stage 1 have a great deal of learning to do when it comes to social skills – empathy, taking turns, sharing, building friendships, pitching in… there’s a lot to learn, and these skills are particularly difficult as they often require putting in a bit of extra work on the child’s part. Although some problem behaviours will always demand immediate attention – a child throwing toys or hurting another child, for example, mostly children will self-correct as soon as they see other children being praised for helping and being thoughtful towards others, and with this in mind, the following activities are aimed at reinforcing and rewarding the good and gently pointing out the bad behaviours that are commonplace in early years.
The following activities are all tried and tested and have proved helpful in facilitating social interaction and good behaviour skills. They’re also lots of fun!
- Happy/Sad Faces
- Take Home Teddies
- Mouse Pencil Collecting Pot
- ‘Sid the Snake’ Sock-puppet
- Card Matching Game
EYFS Area of learning > Personal, social & emotional development > Managing Self
EYFS Area of learning > Personal, social & emotional development > Self-Regulation
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