Perspective Taking Activities for Kids

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

It is natural for students to see the world from their own point of view. If you're looking for ways to help them better understand how other people think, try some of these perspective taking activities.

Teaching Empathy

Empathy is a crucial interpersonal skill that allows us to sympathize with the feelings and experiences of another person, strengthening our ability to interact with tact and diplomacy. Attempting to understand the perspective of someone else is a key step to developing empathy. If we want children to participate in their school and community in a compassionate and thoughtful way, we need to teach empathy deliberately. Here are some perspective-taking activities to help you get your students actively thinking about empathy.

Activity: Interview a Grandparent

Objective: Compare how life is different for your students and for someone in an older generation.

Materials: Questionnaire

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