In The Bag
Question: Chase, the PAW Patrol pup, is having a party; how many pups does he invite?
Answer: ALL of them.
When children start to explore collaborative play and friendships in preschool, they still lack the cognitive skills to understand how friendships work.
It’s important to help them learn the big idea of “inclusivity.” They can be better friends by including all people — girls and boys, bigger kids and littler kids, kids who look different or sound different from them, or kids who speak different languages than they do at home.
Children have questions about friendship: Why does she want to play that? If he doesn’t want to play my game, does that mean he’s not my friend anymore? I like to play pirates with Jo, but Charlie wants to play too; can we tell him no? When they ask, try your best to answer so that they can learn from YOU about how to make and maintain friendships! You might even share stories from your childhood friendships.
- Let's pretend that these cotton balls are all friends and there’s a party in the baggie that everyone wants to attend.
- Let’s see how many cotton balls can fit inside of the bag to attend the party.
- I’ll hold the baggie open. You can dump, spoon, pour, or place the cotton balls in the baggie.
- As the bag gets full, you may need to use your fingers to find more space. How many friends can attend the party? (The answer is all of them! There’s always room for more friends!)