When it comes to toddlers, we often think of cooperation as them doing what we want (but this is really just obedience); real cooperation is a joint-effort involving ‘give & take’ that is mutually satisfying. In order to develop a cooperative spirit in your children, you can give them the opportunity to work together with yourself and others. Let your tot grow up experiencing first-hand, the benefits of working cooperatively; doing simple chores together is a super-easy way to get started!
Here’s one activity we did today from the Leaping Lilies curriculum
This week’s Theme: Bed Time
Activity Description: I Can Help!: Your tot will love to help you fold up large sheets and blankets.
This Activity’s Main Area of Development: Social Learning
Specific Skill: Working cooperatively to complete a task
O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 2 years + 5 months
- When to fold’em: Do this activity when you are folding laundry, cleaning up from a fort/castle building session, after a picnic, or in our case after “we made a giant bird nest” -their words (on the living room floor, with every blanket that was in reach). I kind of wish I took a picture of the “giant bird nest”, it was well-made & cute!
Practice: The girls are like most toddlers their age, in that they always want to help. They have been folding blankets and sheets with me for a while now, so today was not their first time. Get practising, your tot will love it!
Tricks & Tips: 1) It helps to start out with a blanket laid out on the floor 2) After each fold, you may need to help your tot adjust the hand grip (this is the trickiest part)
Today’s Folding: This does not require any explanation so a quick few pictures should do it!
……Just like that, the giant bird’s nest is tidied away (and the best part is, I didn’t lift a finger; they eagerly did the folding AND they were working cooperatively to accomplish something – which is lovely to see since there can be a lot of arguing some days!)
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