Monday, August 25, 2008

Puppets and Conflict Resolution!

I found this idea today and just had to share!! My 4 year old has been having problems "using her words" when she is frustrated with her older sister. I've been using time-outs with her and have repeatedly reminded her to "use her words and not her hands." Luckily, I only have a problem at home. Possibly a little bit of sibling rivalry, maybe?? Anyways, if you are experiencing the same, check out the great link that suggests using puppets and role-play to teach children how to resolve conflicts. What a great way to combine fun with an important life lesson!

http://www.education.com/activity/article/popsiclepuppets_preschool/

2 comments:

Kat Eden said...

Hi Jen,

I have two little boys and I've good luck getting them to use puppets to talk about how they feel toward each other and about anxiety provoking situations. I think it's especially hard for boys to talk about their feelings but they seem to have no trouble saying "I'm Brown Cow and I'm nervous about my first day of school". Pretty cool!

I work for education.com so thanks for the link...I'm really glad you liked the article!

Kat

Jen said...

Kat-
Thanks for stopping by! I was happy to hear that my daughter's teacher was using animal puppets today to talk about new school anxieties and experiences. What a great idea to start discussions and also for kids to role-play their own feelings. Take Care!

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