Help Is On The Way!
Children are drawn to people who make the world a better place — from the Pups of the PAW Patrol to Butterbean.
Pretend play is a great way for children to practice helping friends and making the world a better place, too.
Parent/Caregiver Tip: It takes time for children to develop empathy. Modeling empathetic feelings and behavior toward your child AND toward others helps them learn how to be empathetic themselves. Talk openly about feelings (theirs, yours, and others’ feelings, too), using clear, specific language, and respond with kindness and care.
Age Groups: Little Kids, Toddlers
Skills: Empathy, Fine Motor, Focus
- Toy animals, sand, dirt, or ice, spoons or shovels
- Oh no! Your animals are stuck in the sand (or dirt, or frozen in a block of ice)! How do you think they’re feeling? Worried? Scared? Lonely?
- Quick! They need your help to get out. Can you rescue them? How does it feel to save the animals? Does it make you feel proud? Strong? Kind?
- How do you think the animals feel after being rescued? Do they need any bandages or medicine? What a relief to be rescued at last!
Rescue - to save from danger Stuck - unable to move Worried - anxious or troubled Proud - pleased with self