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During play time you notice a child taking a toy away from another child. You intervene and as soon as you do, the child throws a tantrum, he/she throws himself to the ground, cries hysterically and his face gets red with rage. During this anger-filled moment, toys are being thrown in the air. It is impossible for you to reason with the child and the situation is becoming dangerous for him. These gestures could harm him and compromise his well being and that of others in the play group. What do you do?
I am sure you have seen or lived through a situation like this one before. Anger is an acceptable sentiment that must be expressed, but everything depends on the way it is expressed. We must teach the child acceptable behaviours by providing him with the required tools. In this article, I will provide you with activities and supplies you can make to help you and the child live through these difficult moments.
Suggested activities and supplies:
These activities are targeted for choleric children but most of them can be applied to your complete daycare group.
Certain children confuse their feelings and have a difficult time identifying how they really feel. Once they learn how to target and express their emotions some of these tantrums can be avoided.
I hope these little tricks will help you in dealing with these situations; they might also inspire you in finding new ones.
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