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I Can Share

Domain:

In this activity, you will read “I Can Share” by Karen Katz and play pretend with yourtoddler by having a “tea party,” sharing tea and cookies with the “guests”.

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  • Developmental Step:

    Circle of exploration (18+ months)

    Age:

    Toddler (18 to 36 Months)

  • Song:

    It’s Fun To Share With You

  • Activity:

    I Can Share

Materials:

  • Song
  • Book “I Can Share: A Lift-the-Flap Book” by Karen Katz
  • Puppets
  • Dishes and food items for pretend play

GOALS: To Learn, Encourage and Support:

  • Adult-child interactions
  • Communication and language development
  • Development of early literacy
  • Sense of self worth in the toddler
  • New experiences and discoveries
  • Turn-taking and pretend play

Key Developmental Facts:

  • The ability of young children to pretend play is an indication of symbolic and abstract thinking. In order for children to play pretend, they need to use cognitive processes (for example, planning, problem solving, and development of script).

Importance of Activity:

  • In doing this activity, you will encourage your toddler to listen to the song and follow the story about sharing. Sharing is a prosocial skill and learning to share with others enhances a sense of competency and self-worth in the toddler. Spending time with your toddler playing pretend, communicating, interacting and turn-taking, establishes the building blocks for social development as well as language development.

Suggested Dialogue:

  • Let’s look at this book. What do we see here on the cover?
  • There are a lot of pictures in the book. Let’s read together. You can help me flip the pages.
  • This book is about sharing. This little girl has difficulty sharing her toys.
  • Sometimes we do not want to share, but when we do, we feel good!
  • Sharing shows that we care about each other.
  • I like when you play with ____________ and share your toys so nicely.
  • I like the way you hold the book and point to the pictures.
  • Let’s think together what can we share. I can share my apple with you!
  • Let’s play pretend and have a tea party.
  • We can invite all these guests and share cookies and tea.
  • Let’s help our guests share the cookies so everyone can enjoy eating them.

Instructions:

  1. Sit on a blanket on the floor with your toddler, facing each other.
  2. Listen to the song “It’s Fun To Share With You” with the toddler.
  3. Share the book “I Can Share” by Karen Katz with your toddler.
  4. Have the toddler hold the book to take part in the reading of the story.
  5. Point to each picture and ask your toddler what is in it.
  6. Pay attention to how the toddler reacts and engages in the story. Follow their lead.
  7. Take turns and create a reciprocal conversation to encourage your toddler to babble and talk.
  8. Use the suggested dialogue and be animated when talking with your toddler.
  9. Emphasize the importance of sharing and think together about examples of what we can share.
  10. Offer to have a tea party with some “guests” to share cookies and tea with.
  11. Play with your toddler to support and encourage them to play pretend.
  12. Seize opportunities in the play to talk about sharing and being kind.
  13. End the activity by listening to the song “It’s Fun to Share With You,” and dance with your child to the music.

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peaPod 4:5

I Can Share

Domain:

Developmental Step: Circle of exploration (18+ months)

Age: Toddler (18 to 36 Months)

Song: It’s Fun To Share With You

In this activity, you will read “I Can Share” by Karen Katz and play pretend with your toddler by having a “tea party,” sharing tea and cookies with the “guests”.

Materials

  • Song
  • Book “I Can Share: A Lift-the-Flap Book” by Karen Katz
  • Puppets
  • Dishes and food items for pretend play

Desired Outcomes

  • Adult-child interactions
  • Communication and language development
  • Development of early literacy
  • Sense of self worth in the toddler
  • New experiences and discoveries
  • Turn-taking and pretend play

Key Developmental Facts

  • The ability of young children to pretend play is an indication of symbolic and abstract thinking. In order for children to play pretend, they need to use cognitive processes (for example, planning, problem solving, and development of script).

Importance of Activity

  • In doing this activity, you will encourage your toddler to listen to the song and follow the story about sharing. Sharing is a prosocial skill and learning to share with others enhances a sense of competency and self-worth in the toddler. Spending time with your toddler playing pretend, communicating, interacting and turn-taking, establishes the building blocks for social development as well as language development.

Suggested Dialogue

  • Let’s look at this book. What do we see here on the cover?
  • There are a lot of pictures in the book. Let’s read together. You can help me flip the pages.
  • This book is about sharing. This little girl has difficulty sharing her toys.
  • Sometimes we do not want to share, but when we do, we feel good!
  • Sharing shows that we care about each other.
  • I like when you play with ____________ and share your toys so nicely.
  • I like the way you hold the book and point to the pictures.
  • Let’s think together what can we share. I can share my apple with you!
  • Let’s play pretend and have a tea party.
  • We can invite all these guests and share cookies and tea.
  • Let’s help our guests share the cookies so everyone can enjoy eating them.

Instructions

  • Sit on a blanket on the floor with your toddler, facing each other.
  • Listen to the song “It’s Fun To Share With You” with the toddler.
  • Share the book “I Can Share” by Karen Katz with your toddler.
  • Have the toddler hold the book to take part in the reading of the story.
  • Point to each picture and ask your toddler what is in it.
  • Pay attention to how the toddler reacts and engages in the story. Follow their lead.
  • Take turns and create a reciprocal conversation to encourage your toddler to babble and talk.
  • Use the suggested dialogue and be animated when talking with your toddler.
  • Emphasize the importance of sharing and think together about examples of what we can share.
  • Offer to have a tea party with some “guests” to share cookies and tea with.
  • Play with your toddler to support and encourage them to play pretend.
  • Seize opportunities in the play to talk about sharing and being kind.
  • End the activity by listening to the song “It’s Fun to Share With You,” and dance with your child to the music.

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