Social skills are important for children to develop at a young age. Everything that they do and everyone that they interact with can affect the progress of their social skills.
Teaching kids to be sociable goes beyond the walls of their home and school. Other factors such as enrichment centers and student care services play an important role as well. For example, student care services offer guidance and activities for children that will help them learn how to properly interact with others.
The most common of those activities are games that will help improve a child’s social skills. Here are some examples.
First on our list are board games. Most board games need more than one person to play. This allows children to interact with others. Through this, they learn how to work as a team, strategize and handle obstacles throughout the game. There are thousands of board games available with varied difficulty levels.
Parents think that video games are bad for children. It can be when played excessively. Studies have shown that video games can in fact help children develop their social skills. Group video games enable children to learn basic social interaction.
Moreover, group video games allow children to feel what it’s like to be part of a group and communicate effectively. This is also a good opportunity for them to learn to speak up and share their ideas.
Another great way to help children develop their social skills is by playing charades. In this game, one person is required to act out a feeling, movie, animal or any other category while the other members of the team to guess what it is.
This is a good social exercise for children because it teaches them to communicate to other people without the use of words. The games require the show of different facial expressions and body language to effectively convey the hidden word.
Sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball and more are beneficial to children socially, mentally and physically. Being involved in sports teaches children the value of hard work, teamwork and sportsmanship. Teammates are like family, so this is a good avenue for children to develop their social skills in the right way.
Lastly, you can make a very creative game out of storytelling. Come up with a topic and allow the children create the flow of the story. Through this, they will have to communicate with each other and share ideas.