The Giving Chair
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.