101 More Life Skills Games for Children: Learning, Growing, Getting Along by Bernie BadegruberHow do you teach tolerance, self-awareness, and responsibility? How can you help children deal with fear, mistrust, or aggression?
Play a game with them! Games are an ideal way to help children develop social and emotional skills; they are exciting, relaxing, and fun.
101 LIFE MORE SKILLS GAMES FOR CHILDREN: LEARNING, GROWING, GETTING ALONG (Ages 9-15) is a resource that can help children understand and deal with problems that arise in daily interactions with other children and adults. These games help children develop social and emotional skills and enhance self-awareness.
The games address the following issues: dependence, aggression, fear, resentment, disability, accusations, boasting, honesty, flexibility, patience, secrets, conscience, inhibitions, stereotypes, noise, lying, performance, closeness, weaknesses, self confidence, fun, reassurance, love, respect, integrating a new classmate, group conflict.
Organized in three main chapters: (I-Games, You-Games and We-Games), the book is well structured and easily accessible. It specifies an objective for every game, gives step-by-step instructions, and offers questions for reflection. It provides possible variations for each game, examples, tips, and ideas for role plays. Each game contains references to appropriate follow-up games and is illustrated with charming drawings.
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Great Games That Teach Life Skills
Remember the last time you were greeted with laughter when you arrived at preschool to pick up your child? They were racing around with their friends and playing a game that you recognized from your own childhood. Best of all, they were having a wonderful time—and learning more than you know. Believe it or not, classic preschool games are much more than just fun for children. Read on to discover how each game secretly models real-world situations and helps kids learn how to live and act. This kid-favorite is an excellent game for teaching strategic thinking. Duck, Duck, Goose teaches children to plan ahead and gives them immediate feedback on the quality of their decisions.
Practical Money Skills for Life explains that games are important educational tools that teach lessons in ways that fun and motivational. Young people learn by doing, and play is an important part of learning. Life skills games may be played as video or online games, card games or by using standard board games with an added life skills twist. The games combine fun activities, like sports or driving a virtual car, with chances to make the right decision and choices to advance in the game. The Internet has many free resources and ideas for purchasing or creating life skills games. Design a classroom game in which students advance through stations around the classroom by making appropriate choices. Each station provides a ticket to show that the student has fulfilled some requirement--getting a job, opening a bank account or presenting honesty.
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Games that are designed for certain age groups can also help kids learn basic life skills they might not already know, or help them to improve upon and reinforce those skills they are just learning, or have recently learned. These can include everything from cooking simple meals to gardening to carpentry and sewing work.