Preschoolers play and laugh and fight and run. They are exuberant energy pods floating through the classroom bumping into each other and causing a commotion. You gather together for circle time and try to find an activity that engages and teaches important skills.
You have their attention for a few precious moments. How do you best capitalize on those moments? With the "Gift of a Compliment Game" your preschoolers will learn how to compliment one another while learning to identify similarities and differences among their peers.
This game is a great addition to an "All About Me" theme or any holiday related theme. With a little creativity, you can add it to other themes as well!
How to play the "gift of a compliment game"
how to combine this important social skills with math skills
Identifying similarities and differences is an important early learning skill. This skills is needed for sequencing, patterning, making comparisons, and much more. Create opportunities for preschoolers to practice these skills in the context of a fun activity!
Preschoolers are just developing some basic social skills. Teach your preschoolers to compliment their peers and see a transformation in your classroom! With a little practice, you will hear your preschoolers complimenting each other outside of your teacher-led activities.
Children love to give and receive gifts, especially ones that are wrapped in beautiful packages. This game teaches the value of recognizing the good in others (even though initially your preschoolers will choose superficial characteristics to compliment). For this game, it's about the process of recognizing what they like about each other and putting that together with recognizing things that are the same or different about their peers.
Play the game!
Once your preschoolers have learned to play the game, modify it by:
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Welcome! Through my career I have worn many hats. I taught preschool in a public, commercial preschool and I taught at a Head Start program. Currently, I am a BCBA, supervising 2 clinics for children with autism. At the clinics, I have created a program to prepare our children for success in public school. Children participate in a preschool classroom style program. I developed a comprehensive parent training program and frequently consult with schools. Here, I want to share my experiences and offer some practical advice. Please let me know if there is ever a topic you would like me to cover!