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Valentine’s day is a perfect opportunity to talk with students about compassion and peace, explore together with the children what it means to live in peace with the community and exist peacefully on the planet. It’s a great time to learn about practical ways children can peacefully resolve conflict situations with their peers and siblings, learn about strategies to deal with strong emotions.
With our children, we enjoy incorporating all those topics into the daily learning activities and activity shelves that they have the freedom to explore.
we can promote loving and kind relationship by
- modeling our responses to a situation that challenges us
- telling social stories – real-life scenarios children face on daily basis and how to cope with them
- making a calming bottle together with children and practicing breathing techniques
- adapting calm-down strategies that work for each particular child
- creating a peace corner or table and reinforcing peaceful strategies such as ‘peace rose’ or ‘peace rock’
- incorporating the silence game into everyday routine.
Here are some of the activities for preschool and kindergarten children that are included in the compassion and peace unit.
This sorting activity is a great way to engage children in a conversation about all the different ways we show compassion to animals and humans around us, along with the way we take care of the environment.
It’s always a good idea to suggest for the students make their own book with illustrations and short commentary where they describe ways they enjoy showing love, compassion, and care.
We can start reinforcing the idea that peace begins with every individual from the very beginning. With those printables, you can create a ‘peace corner’ that will include a peace banner, poster, poem, and calm-me-down dice.
The printable cards with all the different breathing exercises along with a DIY calming bottle are a wonderful addition to a peace corner. It can be used to engage a small or large group in a conversation and show a practical demonstration of different self-settling techniques that equip children to deal with situations when their emotions become overwhelming.
Here is a practical way to talk about different choices that we make – those that work for us and benefit us and others, and those that are destructive and harmful. Children sort pictures with real-life situations into red and green choices. Green means GO and red means stop and think.
A printable with a similar objective is also included in my Sports pack. The students are prompted to discuss and observe the right habits we strive to cultivate in sportsmanship.
Children learn a great deal from observing. Painting and art, in general, allow this opportunity. This shape activity will be more appealing to our little friends – aged 3-4.
Do you have storytellers in your group? Invite them to complete this worksheet on their own or dictate for you to record their thoughts.
Children love talking about feelings. Learning to read other people’s emotions is such an important skill to foster. It will serve them well in social situations and help them gain emotional maturity. This is a fun printable that features clipart images of children and emojis. You can also find my printables for social-emotional learning with photographs here.
The pack contains math and fine motor activities. This is an example of a simple addition exercise. Gather loose parts to help little ones count sums and write them down.
Encourage your young students to cut on a line with these cutting strips. They can use those images to create a collage or a card for someone special.
My children love tracing worksheets. They help them develop correct pencil grip and practice writing different types of lines. These also complement writing sand trays. Children first practice tracing lines then drawing them on the sand with a finger or using a stick.
When safe to do so, the children who enjoy working with push pins can do so using special cards designed for this work.
Compassion and Peace learning activity pack for preschool children aged 3-6. This Kindness, Peace, and Valentine’s day themed activity pack contains printables to create a wide range of hands-on experiences for young children.
Students will practice calculating simple addition, recognizing shapes, work on strengthening their hand muscles with tracing, cutting and pin punching exercises, work on developing logical thinking with sorting and matching activities, broaden their vocabulary, learn about the green and red choices, get inspired to be compassionate to the environment, animals and fellow humans, and so much more.
The printable features true-to-life images and photographs.
Here is what’s included:
- Instructions and activity variations
- Mats and sorting cards ‘I can be kind to the environment, ‘ I can be kind to animals’, ‘I can be kind to people’ (30 round cards for sorting featuring photographs)
- Cards for push pinning ( 4 cards)
- Craft – card and cutting strips ‘I love you to the moon and back’
- Peace poster and craft with a Peace poem – 2 gift cards and cards for cutting
- Art cards – Kindness depicted in art (12 cards) – pairing and puzzle activities
- Shape matching cards
- Breathing exercise dice
- Tracing worksheets ( 24 pages for tracing lines, shapes and numbers)
- Gratitude in a jar – cutting strips and simple addition
- Green and red choices – sorting cards (20 cards featuring clipart)
- Sight words building cards (10 words)
- Joy and Sorrow jars – handwriting activity
- Peace table – letters for cutting out and a peace poster ‘Peace begins with me’
- Pairing emotions and emoji ( 6 pairs)
- Number line activity – a simple addition exercise
- Valentine’s Day DIY coloring cards (13 cards)
- 113 pages
This pack is suitable for K, preschool, Grade 1 students.
This pack is included in the Preschool Activity Planner. Learn more
Don’t forget to visit Resource Library to download free the st. Valentine’s Day story sequencing cards and coloring cards along with Fruits of the Spirit 3 part cards!
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