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Get in high spirits with these feel-good-factor activities
All about me
Encourage the children to understand happy feelings
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Self-confidence and Self-esteem
Development matters: show increasing confidence in new situations (30-50 months); express needs and feelings in appropriate ways (40-60+ months).
Early learning goal: respond to significant experiences, showing a range of feelings when appropriate.
What you need
Group size: whole group.
List of activities, with a box next to each one; ‘Smiley tokens’ activity sheet; three or four smiley tokens for each child, with the children’s names written on the back of each one.
What to do
Download the activity sheet and copy enough times to create three or four tokens for each child. Write the child’s name on the back of each smiley face.
Invite the children to sit in a circle, then play ‘Pass the smile’. Begin by smiling at the child next to you and encourage them to smile at the next child, carrying it on around the circle. Talk about how you feel when someone smiles at you.
Give each child three or four smiley tokens with their name on. Explain that these are to show which activities they like and make them feel good. Encourage the children to think about which activities they enjoy and then place a token in the box next to that activity. At the end of the session count the tokens to identify the children’s favourite activities. Who enjoys being in the role-play area? Who likes to play in the sand tray? Which was the most popular activity?
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