Communicating with children
Seeing the world through the eyes of a child, is an amazing way to gain an understanding of what they see and how they interpret certain situations.
I found the Story Starter Cards to be a great way of starting a conversation with the children and communicating with them at their level. I loved the way they would all come up with completely different stories. and ideas. We would either make up a story together, make a sentence, try and turn it into a joke, or draw a picture relating to the cards.
I used the cards at home, in schools, in the car,on a shopping trip and in a restaurant, the box is small and light enough to keep in your bag and take with you as an activity for your children.
They would be fantastic on the plane and a train journey.
They encouraged their imaginations, language development and were fantastic on starting them talking about emotions and how certain situations make them feel.
The way the cards work is simple, they are two different coloured sets in a box, one set has an phrase to start you thinking, such as, “I like to play…” and the the second is a noun such as “ Garden or Nature”.
Have a look at the picture below and tell me what YOU see, the picture was drawn by Mr Six based on the two cards mentioned above.
“Garden or Nature & I Like To Play Story Starter Cards”
I see three children outside in the garden with the sun and clouds in the sky. The two children either side are happy and the middle one looks sad.
I said to Mr Six, “Great drawing using the cards I like to play with garden and nature. But why is the middle child looking so sad and crying, are the other two children not playing with him?”
“Mummy he’s not sad, he is in the garden with his friends. He’s not crying. Can’t you see the bright sun in the sky?
He is just so hot, he is sweating and blowing himself down, those are sweating marks down his face.”
All this information from a couple of cards that set his imagination off into a child’s world and how they see things.
No matter how long I work with children and study and observe their behaviour, I still learn something new from them every day and one of the most important lessons is never presume.
Communicating With Children – Tools To Help You
The Story Starter Cards can assist with language and emotional development, learning new words to describe how you feel and what you can do if you feel a certain way. Communicating with children at a level they comprehend is a step closer to good behaviour.
Leaf has an array of wonderful products to get your children, thinking, writing and talking, whilst keeping it all fun. When it’s fun and playful children actually learn as they play.
The lovely Cath a mother who founded Leaf Journals has a fabulous blog at http://leafjournals.com/topic/blog.
There are a variety of Storty Starter packs for different age groups for both girls and boys, so lets get talking and open up the lines of communication with our children.