Saturday, 30 June 2012

Doughnuts activity

On Wednesday during our friendship group snack time we had some little mini doughnuts and one year 4 girl said to me 'Do you remember when we were in year 2 you gave us big doughnuts and we had to eat them without licking our lips?' I did remember and was amazed that she had too. It was an idea in the SEAL resources on Changes and the children had to eat a sugary doughnut without licking their lips. It is extremely difficult to do. The whole idea is for the child to realise that sometimes they do things without thinking for example thumb sucking, calling out on the carpet, things that become a habit. It is very difficult to break those habits but it can be done just as eating a doughnut without licking your lips can be done.

I did reflect on the fact that this child had remembered this 2 years later and it makes you look at yourself and think carefully on how to get these teaching points across to children. Something that really stands out in their mind and makes them remember. Anyway here is a little sheet I have made which could be used for the children in pairs. Of course you could do it as a group activity/circletime. I think this activity could be done with any child no matter what the age. Even adults!

Make sure you get an extra doughnut for yourself - you deserve it!

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