The word “sharing” doesn’t usually conjure up images of fun and happy play in the mind of preschoolers’ parents. More often, sharing means protests of “mine!” and guaranteed hurt feelings. But sharing doesn’t have to be dreaded. The best way to teach sharing is by simply having fun with it.
Preschoolers are deeply involved in the world of playful imagination. This allows them to assign roles to themselves and others to “act out” playful scenarios. And at about age three, children become less aggressive, and more interested in playing together and creating their own imaginary roles. As parents that’s our opportunity to get them to try new, creative and fun ways of coping with disappointment while they wait for their turn.
But first, banish the word “share” from your vocabulary – it’s too abstract. It’s confusing to your preschooler, who thinks the word “sharing” means “giving.” Instead, ask your preschooler to TAKE TURNS. It’s a lot easier to understand, and it reminds your child that when he gives a turn, he gets one back too.
That’s the lesson that Matthew and Noah learn in our fun, printable activity page. Click here for more info.
Matthew isn’t thrilled about handing over his new toy to Noah. But when Matthew’s older brother shows him that he can play a game while he waits – and still get to play with his beloved new toy later – he learns that sharing can be fun, too.
More Fun With Sharing
Don’t forget to print out our Matthew and Noah sharing story, complete it with your child, and upload it to show off to our Facebook community!