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The Giving Chair
Grade Level(s): Preschool
By: Paula Diekhoff, preschool teacher

Mental Health; Character Education This activity helps children give and accept compliments, learn how to treat others, etc.


  • 1 chair
  • 1 wrapped box (empty)


Explain to the children that we can give presents to others that are just as nice as gifts in a box. These gifts are called compliments. When we smile or say something nice to another person, it's like giving a gift.

Have each child sit in a special chair, hold the gift-wrapped box, and say something nice to a fellow classmate. The receiver of the compliment then takes the "gift" (box), sits in the chair and offers a compliment to another child. Continue until all have received a "gift".


The teacher may offer compliment suggestions such as "I like it when you play with me" or "I'm glad you're my friend" to stimulate possible responses from the children.


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