- Body Talk
- Age 4
- Age 5
- Age 6
- Age 7
Let’s Learn About Making Friends
Read to Your Child
In Body Talk, Bing and Bong started out trying their normal moves with the Flockers they didn’t know. They waved, they bowed and smiled. What happened?
The Flockers were afraid and moved away. When Bing and Bong finally watched how the Flockers moved with each other, they started copying the Flockers’ moves. What happened when they did these friendly moves? The Flockers came closer and weren’t afraid.
Bing and Bong made the Flockers feel safe only when they used the same kinds of moves the Flockers did. Bing and Bong learned to use “body talk” to get to know the Flockers and it worked! They started to become friends.
Can you think of a time when you used body talk with someone instead of saying something and they understood that you wanted to get to know them?
You can discover how people get to know one another differently. Just like the Flockers and Bing and Bong, sometimes it takes time to know exactly what to do when meeting a new person. But you can do it if you try out some friendly moves.
You Will Learn …
- How your friendly way of being affects your being able to make a friend
- That some ways of coming up to kids work better than others
- That you have ways you like to be approached by other kids, too.
Making and keeping a friend is one of the most important developmental tasks for 5’s because when they enter school, it’s so important to make a friend.
At five, children are calm and friendly. It is a time of equilibrium in childhood. Children show initiative in establishing friendships with others. They prefer activities that involve other children. It is a key time for learning to share, take turns and play well with one another.
Children ask many questions and can provide simple explanations. They are able to carry out simple investigations and are creative and enthusiastic problem solvers.
- Realizing that making a friend involves thinking about how to approach another child on his or her own terms.
- Awareness of one’s own body language while making friends.
- Noticing the body language of other kids so your child can adapt to other kids’ styles, an important skill in life.
Author: Ann H. McCormick, PhD