Let Your Kids’ Personalities Shine!

October 1, 2012 at 10:47 am 5 comments

Do I like hamburgers or hotdogs? Colored pencils or markers? Baths or showers? Cookies or lollipops?

Join us in celebrating this week’s play theme: personality! All week, we’ll talk about ways to nurture individualism, show off personal style, and honor our kids’ unique ways of learning. We’ll post special activity ideas designed to boost self-confidence, build communication skills, and customize learning. We’re so excited to share our ideas with you—check in with us often!

Playtime is such a great time to explore personality—but it’s not the only time: Everyday activities can be an opportunity for building self-knowledge, too! Any time your child has the chance to make choices—assessing, selecting, and expressing preferences—he is learning about his personality.

Fair warning: As any parent knows, offering infinite choices can lead to overwhelmed kids . . . so keep the options open on just a few topics at a time. Choice is most valuable when it is a mindful thought process, and not a frustrating impasse!

In the spirit of individuality, we encourage you to come up with your own personality-probing play ideas, too! Please share them with us by emailing socialmedia@MelissaAndDoug.com. We’d love to see how your family expresses personality!

P.S. Can’t wait to get to know each other better? Here’s a simple way to kick off the theme of the week: Ask your child to make a list of “likes.” This can be a craft activity, a writing exercise, or a simple conversation—whatever works for you! (We like to do it as a kind of self-portrait, with drawings of our favorite things all around the portrait part.) Encourage your kids to include favorite foods, books, hobbies, friends, animals, toys, places . . . whatever makes them smile. Get creative . . . and have fun!

Create your “All About Me” picture with paint, markers, stamps, magazine cutouts, crayons, finger paints—anything that helps show YOUR favorite things!

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