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Learning Social Skills Activities for Preschoolers

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Learning social skills is one of the main purposes of preschool. This lesson provides specific activities oriented toward teaching preschoolers different kinds of social skills.

Using Activities for Social Skills

As a preschool teacher, you know how important it is to help your students find good ways to socialize with one another. In fact, learning social skills is often seen as the most significant task of the preschool years, over and beyond emergent literacy and mathematics. Children need to learn how to talk about their feelings, how to listen with others, how to take turns and how to negotiate leadership skills. Some need help understanding how to have fun, while other require assistance learning how to calm down when things get wild. The activities in this lesson are oriented toward helping students of preschool age learn social skills while enjoying their time in school.

Social Skills Activities

Say Your Feelings

This is a great activity you can do routinely at circle time every day. It helps children practice articulating their feelings and listening to one another. Gather your students in a group. Ask one student to come to the middle and say the words 'I feel...' Then the student in the middle should make a face or a gesture demonstrating how he or she feels. Some possibilities include happy, sad, angry, sick, excited, hot, cold, scared, or surprised. Other students in the group should try to put words to the middle student's gestures. Then another student can have a turn.

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