Tea Time!

Help your child get along with others in order to make and keep friends.

For this Activity you will need:

  • Tea Set
  1. Tell your child that you’d like to have a tea party. Say, "I’ve got a tea set here, and I thought we could have a tea party together."
  2. Show your child the items in the tea set and ask him to help you set the table.
  3. Once the table is set, sit down with your child; take the teapot, and say, "Would you like some tea?" Offer your child some pretend food as well.
  4. Use this time to talk with your child! Use open-ended questions to guide your conversation; in other words, ask your child things that will get him talking. Do not ask yes or no questions. Enjoy. You might say, "Tell me about something that made you laugh this week." or "What do you want to be when you grow up?" This will help teach your child how to have a conversation (how to talk and listen to others).

Next Steps/Follow-Up:
  • Have a real tea party with your child. With your child make special treats and serve juice. Ask your child if he’d like to invite some friends to the party.
  • Make a special meal with your child. Plan the menu and make the meal together. Use good "plates" and play music. Be sure to talk with your child during dinner.
  • Let your child use the tea set and have a pretend tea party with his stuffed animals.

Background Information:

Social & emotional development involves:

  • Getting along with others.
  • Making and keeping friends.
  • Handling emotions.
  • Expressing oneself.
  • Wanting to learn new things.
  • Starting and finishing an activity.
  • Taking responsibility for actions.

When your child starts school, she will be more likely to do well if she is able to do these things.

You can help your child’s social and emotional development by doing this activity with your child.

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