Now that children are back to school and spending time on the playground at recess, it’s a great time to review playground manners. When children get together on the playground, conflict can happen. A few basics of playground etiquette to go over include the following:
Taking Turns at Recess
It can be hard for younger children to wait, especially if they’re excited about trying a new toy or a piece of playground equipment. Waiting for one’s turn is a basic idea important on the playground, though. Practice taking turns at home when it comes to snacks, activities, and playtime so your child has this mastered for the playground, too.
Sharing Toys on the Playground
It can be hard to share, especially when small ones want a toy to play with right now. Sharing is best learned early on. A child can learn to share with siblings or friends and can be taught how fun it is to see someone else playing.
Including Everyone in Games and Play
Inclusive playgrounds are an ideal place to learn about inclusion because children get to know children of all ability levels and ages. You may want to discuss how it feels to be excluded and how it feels to be included with your child. Then talk about different ways your children can include kids they see being excluded. Make sure your child can tell the difference between someone who is included and excluded, and they know what to do if they see someone being left out.
Saying Please and Thank You
Politeness always wins, even on the playground. Practice how to talk to others and how to be polite, no matter what the situation.
Showing Acts of Kindness
Kindness is a skill. Talk to your child about ways others have been kind to them and how that felt. Use this as a basis to talk about ways your child can pass on kindness to others. Be sure to set a good standard by being kind yourself.
Practicing Proper Playground Behavior
There are several ways you can try out playground etiquette with your children. One option is to play with your children on playgrounds, where they will meet other children and get to practice their social skills. You can also discuss etiquette and kindness with your children before school starts to make sure they understand the basic concepts. Acting out possible scenes from a playground so your child gets a chance to practice reacting helps kids test run their social skills before they need to put them into use.
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