Play your own game of hot potato and help your child learn how to be a team player!
Small ball or soft toy
Pass around the “hot potato” (small ball or soft toy) while a song is playing or you’re singing the Hot Potato song.
When the music or song stops, the players without the hot potato win.
Play several rounds of hot potato until all players have a turn both winning and losing the game.
3 to 6
Friendship; Social-Emotional Development
Talk About It
After playing several rounds, ask your child how he felt when he won the game. Encourage him to use vocabulary words to describe his feelings, such as excited and proud. Ask him to think about how others felt when he won the game and why they may have felt that way. Then, talk about how he felt when he lost the game and introduce vocabulary words such as disappointed and frustrated. Have a conversation about how it is important to be a good winner (someone who doesn't brag or show off) and a good loser (someone who doesn't get too upset) when playing with others.
Take It Further
Play another round of hot potato and practice being one another's cheerleaders, for example, saying things like, "Great job passing!" or "Nice catch!" Talk about other games your child might play with friends and why it's important to always be a good sport. Remind your child that it is important to play fairy and nicely with others!