.Help your child learn how to talk with, listen to, and interact with others. Establish routines for your child.

For this Activity you will need:

  • Fiesta! by Ginger Foglesong Guy
  • Paper plates and cups.
  • Plastic forks and spoons.


  1. Read the book with your child.
  2. Ask, “Have you ever been to a fiesta?” Talk with your child about fiestas. Tell her about the piñata and the food at a fiesta. Ask her what kind of food she likes to eat. Be sure to talk about your favorite foods too.
  3. Say: “Let’s pretend to have a fiesta! We can pretend to invite our friends, eat our favorite foods, and have fun! Who should we invite to our pretend party?”
  4. Pretend that the fiesta has started. Help your child to be a good host and friend. Show your child the plates, cups, and other materials. Say: “Can you help me give each of your friends a plate and cup?” Next, you might want to say, “I think your friends are hungry. Can you give your friends some pretend juice and food?
  5. Use this time to talk with your child and her friends. Ask questions that will get them talking: “What do each of you want to be when you grow up? Why? What do you think is in a piñata?”
  6. When the party is over, say: “It is important that we clean up. Can you help me by picking up all the plates and cups?” If your child looks like she needs help, say: “Do you need help? It is ok to ask for help. I’d be happy to help you.”
  7. Be sure to praise your child.

Next Steps/Follow-Up:

  • Make a meal with your child. Ask your child if he’d like to invite some friends or relatives to dinner. Plan the menu together. Let your child help you grocery shop and cook. Be sure to talk with your child while you are making the meal and during dinner!
  • Children love to help! Find ways for your child to help you: picking up toys, putting dishes in the sink, making the bed, or finding all of the white socks when you are folding laundry. Have your child do something helpful each day—establish a routine.
  • Allow your child to make some decisions. For example, give your child the choice of an apple or an orange for a snack. Encourage your child to choose their clothes for the next day.


Background Information:

Support your child in the area of social & emotional development!

Social & emotional development involves:

  • Getting along with others.
  • Making and keeping friends.
  • Handling emotions.
  • Expressing oneself.
  • Following rules and routines.
  • 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, as well as his language and literacy skills, by doing these activities.

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