The main component of social skills activities and games is YOU! Children learn social skills from the adults around them. Model the correct behavior in different social situations and you will be well on your way to teaching children acceptable social behaviors in a society.
Below is a recommendation list of social skills activities along with the social lesson they teach.
Social Skill - Awareness of others.
Invite one child to put their head on the table and cover their eyes. Invite a second child to come and 'knock-knock' (tap) the first child's back and say: "Knock, Knock. who am I? What is my name? Encourage the child to change their voice. The first child needs to guess who is knocking on their back.
Social Skills - Listening Skills
Sit in a circle time position on the floor. One child begins this game. They need to say their name and introduce the person sitting next to them.
Example: Hello, my name is Charlie and this is my friend Jessica. Jessica continues the game: Hello, my name is Jessica and this is my friend Ruby.
Social Skills - "Manners"
More Social Skills Activities...
Sit the children in a circle time position on the floor. Begin by asking the first child:
"What is your name? What is your favorite activity in class?"
The child may reply:
"My name is Jeff and I like building with blocks."
The child next to them needs to repeat what Jeff said and add their own comment.
Social Skills - Listening Skills.
Ask the children to find a partner. One child remains him/herself and the other child is their reflection in the mirror. When the child raises his/her hands, 'their' reflection does the same.
Social Skills - Positive interaction with others.
Ask the children to find a partner. One child is the puppet and the other child is the puppeteer. The puppet needs to do whatever the master asks of him/her.
Example: Stump your feet. Clap your hands. Reach to the sky. Shout Hurray!Social Skills - Positive interaction with others.
I like to play this game with the kids in class. I ask them a general question such as:
"What was your favorite part of the day today?"
I begin by letting the first child answer the question. The next child that follows needs to repeat what the first child said.For Example:
Teacher - "What was your favorite part of the day?" Lucy - " I liked coloring and tracing." Teacher - Ashley, what was Lucy's favorite part of the day? Ashley - " Lucy liked coloring and tracing."Social Skills - Listening Skills. Impulse Control.
Here are some great books you can read to your child about social situations:
To further understand the topic of social skills read my interview with Dr. Miri Arie, Child Psychologist.
Learn tricks on how to teach your child ways to interact and communicate effectively by reading my conversation skills page.
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