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Taking Turns

Practice taking turns with a spinner you make yourself.


  • Blunt-nosed scissors
  • Cardboard or heavy paper
  • Brass paper fastener
  • Marker
  • Paper or index cards


Make a spinner
Link here for Spinner instructions

* Cut paper into 3 x 5-inch pieces to use as instruction cards. Ask the children to think of activities to write on the cards. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Clap your hands
  • Whisper “no, thank you”
  • Turn around
  • Touch your toes
  • Shout “yes, please”
  • Say your name
  • Knock on the door

Mix up the cards. Have a child pick a card, then spin the spinner to see how many times to do what the card says. For example, if the spinner stops on four and the card says “Say your name,” the child will say his or her name four times.

Take it Further

Save your spinner and use it for different games for your child. With the spinner children can see in a concrete way that they too will have a turn after a certain number of times that something will happen. Remember that young children are just learning what taking turns means.

Talk About It

Talk about times when you shared something (like your tools or your car- even your thoughts) with someone in the family, a neighbor, or someone at work. Let your child know how good you feel when you share something with him or her, like an apple, a cookie, or some time in a busy day.

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