Issue -2- Sharing
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SPROUTS SPOTLIGHT - SHARING
Share your thoughts and feelings,
Share love and dreams too,
Growing is sharing,
Sharing is growing,
both, for me and for you.
Sharing - is it just about sharing toys and food - or is it much deeper? Contrary to general belief, children seem to have so much to share with each other. They openly share their feelings, thoughts, time, laughter et al.
To us, sharing is not only about sharing resources and information - at a deeper level - we can share our feelings, dreams, aspirations, thoughts, views, knowledge etc with others. And share joy. Consider a child letting another child win the race - cause he wanted to share the joy of winning! In some ways we don't need to teach them sharing, we need to learn from them.
What kind of sharing would lead to enrichment of our ideas, thoughts, breaking of our beliefs, help us in realising our dreams, etc? What kind of sharing deepens the bonds between individuals and enriches the quality of relationships? Lets demonstrate and encourage sharing - without putting any constraints on what to share, how much to share, with whom to share , how to share ...... To read more about sharing click here.
SPROUTS ACTIVITIES : Exciting activity ideas to develop sharing in children.
Place before the child two bowls of any two water colours. Mix the two colours and observe how a new colour is formed when the two basic colours share themselves with each other. Now use the newly formed colour to paint a picture for your friend and share your feelings about sharing with the friend.
Light one candle with the help of an adult. Now place many more candles in a row and try to light as many candles as you can with the first candle. Observe how the light from the first candle does not reduce even after sharing it's light with other candles. Parents, with the child. can compare this scenario with how love and friendship does not reduce but grows when it is shared with many. For very small children, parents can handle the candles themselves while doing the activity.
Draw a picture of all those with whom we share the nature for example, how we share our nature with other animals, birds, etc. Focus on how we all can peacefully co exist as we share the same nature with each other.
Share Can : wrap a box with a wrapping paper and label it as SHARE CAN. Each time any member of the family share their feelings, thoughts, praise, excitement, etc with others, they put in a chit on which they mention what they shared and with whom and how they felt. Open the box each week and share the experiences of sharing.
Share toys, food, old clothes, etc with children in a shelter for the homeless or needy children and share your joy with them as you do some fun activities like dancing, colouring, etc with them. Write down or draw your feelings about the experience to express your thoughts and feelings. Parents can also be a part of this activity and share their joy as well.
Tie a bar of chocolate high up with a string in a way that nobody can reach it alone. With the help of each other, reach the chocolate and enjoy sharing it with others. take pictures of all the family members trying to reach the chocolate bar and also sharing and enjoying eating it.
Tell a family story about giving and receiving acts of kindness which enables the children to share slices of life from the previous generation. You can narrate incidences where the family members shared responsibilities of the family and how it enhanced the quality of life for everyone.
Next week, the SPROUTS SPOTLIGHT shifts to the theme CREATIVITY with exciting activities which you can enjoy with the children.
SPROUTS RECOMMENDS : "Symbiosis" book written by Urmila Ellappan from the collection published by Bookbox. Bookbox produces delightful stories in over 25 languages in the world. Bookbox donates a part of its proceeds to a non profit organisation called PlanetRead dedicated to promoting literacy world wide. You can read more about bookbox on their website www.BookBox.com
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