BUILDING COMMUNITY: TAKING TURNS HOLDING A FAVORITE TOY IS A GREAT WAY TO INTRODUCE THE CONCEPT OF SHARING.
Make sharing a game.
In the first few years, your child is busy taking everything in and making sense of the world. Processing new information is a fulltime job, and it doesn’t allow your child to really cooperate or coordinate with others just yet. And that’s totally okay! All of that comes later, at around age three.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t start building the foundations for friendship and cooperation at an earlier age.
Try this simple activity with your child to help introduce the basics of how sharing works.
Hand your child a favorite toy. When you do, say “Your turn” in a sing-song voice. Let your child hold it for five seconds, then say “My turn,” and take the toy into your own hands. While you’re holding it, smile and enjoy the toy. Do this for five seconds, and repeat.
If you can laugh and be silly about it, it will help your child to see that sharing and taking turns is a fun game. And because the letting go part only lasts a few seconds, your child will be okay parting with that favorite toy – and will even learn to take pleasure in the joy you have at playing with it.
It’s just one of many ways you can use LEGO bricks to introduce the concept of sharing, of giving others a turn at having fun.