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Taking Care Of Teddy

Taking Care Of Teddy

This well being Ed-Venture will teach your child vital social skills that will remain valuable later in life. It’s crucial that your child is learning how to best get on with others in the playground, and there’s no better way to improve your child’s social well being than through fun home-time activity. This ed-venture stimulates social and emotional development, allowing your child to relate to others while giving them that confidence boost they need for growing up.

After doing this simple wellbeing activity, your son or daughter will be able to build positive relationships and self-confidence, as well as manage their feelings (all of which will make home life easier, too!)

Taking Care of Teddy is simple, and easy to do on any day. All you need is:

A favourite toy (it doesn’t have to be a Teddy! Just something your child is fond of)

A comfy place to sit

Make sure you’re sitting close to your child and are at his level, not forgetting Teddy is part of your group too! Begin by telling your child that you think ‘Teddy’ is feeling sad today, and following this, ask if they can think of a reason why this might be.

It can help to give prompts that will encourage your child to recognise what could be upsetting another person; such as ‘do you think someone has been mean to him?’, ‘do you think he isn’t feeling well?’ and importantly; ‘how does it feel to be sad?’ Let your child know that you will both help make Teddy feel better, and between you, think of a way to cheer him up.

The fundamental part of the activity is to encourage your child to talk about feelings and behaviour and how they’re expressed – leading to a happy Teddy, a stronger understanding of empathy, and a nice warm hot chocolate at the end of the chat.

A few things to bear in mind to get the best result from Taking Care of Teddy:

Ask open ended questions whenever possible that do not require a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response.

Model the behavior you want to see in your child and set an example.

Listen very carefully to your child, so you can support their development, especially in the areas of communication, cognition and socialisation.

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