Get ready to explore practical and playful techniques that can effectively resolve playground conflicts! But first - Remember to foster social success by starting with short 15 minute play dates in a local park to help children gain confidence with new friends.
In this chapter, we'll introduce "The Reveal" technique, designed to bridge the gaps between children with a history of conflict. By seating them side by side and using butcher's paper and a big book as creative dividers, children are encouraged to express their shared interests. This technique could be introduced when children are practising play dates to increase the structure of home-based social opportunities. Witness the magic unfold as children find common ground and learn what areas they need to work on as friends.
Another engaging technique demonstrated in this chapter is the "Playground Scene". Here, we'll cut out characters representing the children and their friends, to create a vibrant playground setting. This exercise enables children to look at their social challenges from a new perspective. It gives them the confidence to make changes in theory to test out all the options available before deciding on their preferred course of action. We lay the foundations for lasting positive transformations by actively encouraging expression - Often, children’s actions speak louder than words, so be a silent observer while children are engaged in play.
Incorporating role-playing, the next creative approach draws on parent-child engagement to put ideas into action. Using play and humour, children are more likely to share their feelings, and this leads to more innovative approaches to problem-solving.