Sharing with others, kindness and being a friend are invaluable lessons for any child to learn early. Learning to share is a life-long lesson and one that gives a child a solid foundation upon which to create real friendships as she matures. There are several activities for preschoolers that teach these lessons in fun activities that are both instructive and rewarding.
A relatively simple project for preschoolers requires four sheets of construction paper, markers, a stapler and safety scissors. Stack the four sheets of paper and then have the child place first one hand and then the other atop the paper and trace around them with the marker. The hands should be side by side so the thumbs and forefingers are touching. Next, have the child hold the four sheets together and cut around the hands, making sure not to cut where the thumbs and fingers are touching. Staple the pages together along the wrist edge or one of the palm edges. On the front, have the child write his name and "Sharing Hands." On each page the child can draw a picture of something he can share and write below the picture. For example, "I can share a toy" or "I can share a book."
Victoria Saley created a Rainbow Fish craft for teaching sharing. On a sheet of paper, she drew a fish, duplicating it for each child. Have the children color the fish and then attach with glue or rubber cement four coins to the fish's tail. Tell each child that they can keep one of the coins, but most share the other three with a sibling, a parent or a friend.
Another sharing activity is for the children to gather books that they have outgrown and donate them to a charity. Explain to the children that the books they no longer read will be new and exciting to a child who has never before read it and that donating the book will help another child, perhaps one not as fortunate as they, to learn to read and enjoy books.
Lone Star Project
A sharing project that teaches cooperation and working together is called the Lone Star. Each child is given a piece of construction paper. Using a pattern, each child cuts one point of a seven-pointed star out of her paper. Then, on a separate piece of paper, the children combine their star-points to create the star by gluing down the individual points. Once the star is completed, it is hung where they can all see it.
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