Many caregivers often wonder how children need guidance to learn how to travel outside their familiar circles to get to know others from different backgrounds. At Care Courses we offer a course called Everyone Welcome!, which can help early childhood professionals understand how to incorporate children from varying ethnic groups. It can also teach child care providers how to provide services and opportunities to members of all groups equally.
Integration has three main advantages. First, everyone has opportunities to participate in what the bigger group is doing. Second, pooling everyone’s resources gives the entire group a competitive advantage in getting things accomplished. Third, learning to work and play together as equals instead of separately can dissolve the problems of prejudice and nurture the seeds of friendship.
Here are two activities that would promote teamwork and cooperative play among the children in your care:
Example 1: Duck, Duck, Goose Name Game
Everyone is familiar with the “Duck, Duck, Goose!" game, but in this game the child will say the child’s name, followed by the word duck.
For example: “Tristan duck, Petra duck, Ramen duck, Nonie duck,” and so on. With this way of playing the game, everyone helps with the challenge of understanding and remembering names.
Example 2: Snow Ball Fight
With this activity you need to hand out paper and pencils and ask each person to answer several simple introductory questions like these:
-What is your favorite color?
-What season were you born in?
-What sport do you enjoy the most?
- If you were a famous person who would you be?
Now, everyone will crumple up their paper into a ball. When everyone is ready, someone calls out “Snow Ball Fight” and everyone throws paper balls at each other. Now each person takes turns opening a snow ball, reading the answers out loud and trying to guess who wrote the answers.
In our Care Course, Everyone Welcome! , we discuss a variety of ways to help children learn to do things in unison, stay with the group, and follow directions. Want to learn more? Find this course on our website!
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