Getting a glimpse of children happily pretending to be playing is like witnessing pure magic. Have you ever wondered how closely you should monitor friendliness and safety in group gaming experiences? Do you feel suspended or do you accidentally interrupt the game? While parents and caregivers should certainly stop by from time to time, it is important that children have enough space to connect, create, and resolve conflicts on their own.
Here are some ways we can support group games without getting in the way:
Create a game plan
If the children find it difficult to agree on certain roles or scenarios, sit down with them for a short planning session. Start by recognizing that the children have different ideas about what or how they should play. “Max wanted to tell us who he would like to be in the family. Let’s listen to his ideas without interrupting him. Once you’ve confirmed that everyone fully understands their roles and scenario, take a step back and watch them a little.
Let them solve problems
Give the group a few minutes to clarify any challenges that may arise before they step in to help. It can feel uncomfortable to hear them fight, but it is so good for them to try to figure these things out for themselves! If you feel that the group really needs adult support, encourage the children to speak directly to each other rather than speaking for them. “It sounds like Sarah wants to cook this fake pizza on her own. Sarah, you can say to Owen, ‘You can have your turn with this oven when I’m done.’ “After you step in, think about the problem-solving process by asking yourself,” Could have said or done as a parent ? Fewer? “” Could they have said or done? More? ”
Take some time for yourself
Keep yourself busy in a nearby room and check in regularly. No need to pause or ask what you are up to! Simply peeking or listening from the hallway (or a separate area of your outside space) will give you a feel for their game. Take this time for yourself – for work or leisure. Whether you’re answering a few emails, preparing snacks for the playdate, or spending a few minutes doing something you love, this is an opportunity for your kids to see you meet your own needs.
Here are some of our most popular open-ended toys for group play experiences:
Playing silk are the ultimate open ended toy that encourages creativity, movement and role play. Children can use these playing silk as a magical river, as walls of a fortress or as cloaks to dress up. All you need is a little imagination + those eco-friendly playing floss … the possibilities are endless!
Way to play street sets
These Street sets Let the imagination pave the way for adventure. The segments can be used on almost any surface, indoors and outdoors, and can be connected to form circuits and roads. Way to Play street segments are made of a hard-wearing, hygienic rubber compound that is 100% child-safe.
Rainbow building tower
This colorful tower of Rainbow slats made of wood arouses endless curiosity and visual stimulation for all ages. Children can sort by color, stack and lean on slats, spell something or just build the rainbow structure of their dreams.
Daily play deck
The Daily play deck offers more than 125 invitations to play with reused and household materials. Each deck celebrates sustainability, imagination and the joy of childhood. The ideas shared are for every child of any age and ability. You don’t have to buy anything special or be super smart; The deck should inspire.
The dough project
Five ingredients: Infinite possibilities. The dough project creates opportunities for open, sensory play through a range of all-natural, plant-based doughs to play with. Each batch is handcrafted in New York City. Just choose your colors and get started!
Are you looking for other ways to support your child with play dates and social gatherings? Whether your child is navigating group play experiences for the first time or your family is preparing for a sociable summer, our webinar has lots of practical tips. Positive language strategies for social institutions.