Taking turns is an essential skill for children. Not only will it benefit them in school but, more importantly, this skill will make him a good friend. The best way to teach your toddler or preschooler to take turns is through practicing.
Instead of “telling” your kid to take turns, you can teach by doing it. Try implementing these activities to help your child learn the art of taking turns.
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This game is loved by kids (and adults!) of all ages. Although, a younger child may not get the object of the game, Connect Four is an excellent way to practice taking turns.
Hide And Seek
This is a favorite for my son. He really enjoys finding me, so this is the perfect activity for us to learn that we have to give everyone a turn.
Play a game of memory with your child to give them a chance to practice their patience and taking turns.
We all know that reading is important but we don’t always think of it as a chance to take turns. With shorter books that my son loves to “read”, I will announce that I am going to read first and then he can have a turn. On longer books, sometimes we take turns reading pages. Also, you can read books that are about taking turns!
Pretending to be in a rock band is something we do quite often. And every rock band has a lead singer! We take turns singing alone and then together. You could also take turns with the instruments.
Cooking or Baking
Toddlers and preschoolers love to help in the kitchen. We take turns dumping ingredients and stirring.
There are many opportunities for taking turns with your toddler or preschooler throughout the day. One thing I am intentional about is using the language, “it’s my turn now”, “can I have a turn”, “do you want a turn”, “your turn”, you can really implement these phrases into everything you do. And with time, it will become natural to your child to do the same.
This post is part of 31 Days of Kindergarten Readiness, a series taking place all through the month of October. A new post is added daily. See other posts in the series.
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