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Bubbles have something that fascinates both children and adults. Nobody can resist touching a playful bubble that walks in front of your face. However, the technique that we propose seeks precisely that: endure those irrepressible desire that we all feel when we see a pomp. ANDl bubble game is a very interesting and fun tool to work on self-control with children, both at home and in the classroom.
Many children, especially those between the ages of 2 and 6, find it difficult to brake and their impulsiveness leads them to do what they want at the time they want: they run to recess because they cannot bear the urge to get to the playground, they are unable to curb their desire to talk to their classmates in class, they act before thinking ...
Impulsivity is normal in young children and understandable, since they still have a lot of world to discover. However, it is the task of parents and teachers to work with children the ability to self-control because, although many would like it, we cannot always do what we want. In both childhood and adulthood, we need to know how exercise control of our impulses. To do this, we propose the game of bubbles.
1. Game preparation
To carry it out, all you need is a pompero with which you can blow bubbles. You can buy it or do it yourself.
2. Let's play!
We ask children to stand up in a large space (we recommend removing the furniture to avoid knocks). Next, we blow the bubble toy so that the bubbles come out in all directions. We do it several times so that they reach all the children.
What do you think will happen? All the children will surely start running, jumping and screaming with joy trying to catch or pop the bubbles. In fact, it is likely that if there are adults in the room their reaction will be the same.
3. The challenge of the bubbles
We let the children have a little fun and, once all the bubbles have disappeared, we call their attention again so that they listen to us. Now, we tell them that we are going to blow the bubbles again but this time they cannot explode any. They must restrain their desire and not catch any bubbles. Quite a challenge, because the temptation is very great!
4. Time to reflect
Once the children have managed to control themselves, we congratulate them and let them see how well they have done the exercise. Next, we ask them to sit on the floor to speak. We must try to make them reflect on what has just happened: they have been able to control themselves and not succumb to their impulses.
We tell them they must remember how they felt fighting their urge to pop the bubbles and how they succeeded. In this way, they will realize that they are capable of self-control when they want, despite having a terrible desire to follow their impulses.
5. Subsequent uses of the game
'Bubbles' will be our secret word from now on. Every time we notice that the children are not controlling themselves (they talk a lot in class, they are not able to get in line, they are carried away by their impulses ...) we will only have to say the sign loud and clear. Children will know what they are doing wrong and will remember the bubble game. They will reflect and realize that they must hold back, as they have the ability to control themselves.
This game is very effective in classrooms to work on students' self-control, but also we can test it at home.
As children get older, they acquire the ability to self-control. But to do this they need a little help. Here are some tips to help little ones know what self-control is.
- Talk about how you feel
Children must learn to manage their emotions and, for this, they must learn to identify how they feel. A good way to achieve this is to use drawings of faces with different emotions so that the child only has to point out which image he identifies most with each moment.
- Tell you when they do it right
In order for children to realize what behaviors are okay, we must tell them. When they have controlled themselves, we should praise them for how well they are doing to reinforce this positive behavior.
- Create the space of self-control
Everyone, even adults, gets out of control at times. For this reason, some children find it useful to have a corner to turn to to feel better when they notice that they are not controlling themselves. Just by going to this space, they will stop thinking about what is causing them to lose control and they will calm down.
- Breathing techniques
Relaxation or controlled breathing techniques can be very helpful in calming children down in moments of impulsivity.
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