For many, the end of summer is quickly approaching. Already Back-to-School sales are popping up across the country, and we parents are switching out of vacation mode as our kids prepare to start class.
In addition to school supplies and clothes, it’s also important to help develop your child’s social skills so that they get along with others and show respect for their teachers and classmates. Sometimes at home over the summer, I get a little lax with encouraging good manners. If you have the same situation and are looking for a fun little activity to reinforce those social graces, check out our Good Manners Box. I hope it helps to make the transition back to school a smoother one for you!
Things You’ll Need:
- empty tissue box
- colored paper
- decorative paper
- glue or tape
- hole punch (optional)
First, wrap the outside of your box in decorative paper. You can use scrapbooking pages, construction paper, or cardstock. Just be sure to leave a hole in the top of the box. Tape works best because of the slick surface, but if you have a lot of patience and give it plenty of time to dry, you can use glue.
Next, make a label for the outside of your box, using the phrase “Today, I…” or something similar.
Now it is time to make your “Good Manners” Coins. We started off by punching out some circles from the colored paper. If you don’t have a circular hole punch, any shape will do. Or you can simply use scissors.
Brainstorm with your children different ways they can exhibit good behavior and show others respect. Then write those down on your coins. Use words and phrases such as “Shared,” “Held the door for someone,” “Complimented someone,” or “Raised my hand.” You may have to guide them some, or just write a few extra coins yourself that you’d like them to consider.
Finally, put your Good Manners Box somewhere in your home where you’ll see it everyday. Whenever your child does something written on one of the coins, they can put it in their box. This helps to make them conscious of their actions and encourages them to actively do things that nurture their abilities to get along and show respect to others.
At the end of the day or week, celebrate their box full of coins and their great manners with a special dinner or simply some extra family time playing a board game. Make sure they understand the point that when you treat others kindly and with respect, the more friends you have and the more people enjoy being with you. This fun and easy activity encourages accountability, which helps us turn good manners into lifelong habits.