Kidaptive Blog

Exploring emotions through books and movies

Last week, we provided a few tips on how to support your child when they’re experiencing an intense emotion. This week, try this activity suggestion to further enrich their emotional learning: Reading a book or watching a movie can be a great time to practice identifying emotions in oneself and in others. As the action […]

Help your child identify their own emotions

When it comes to expressing and responding to emotions, parents are often a child’s first model of what is acceptable and in what contexts. This puts you in the perfect position to help your child develop emotional understanding! One critical step in understanding the emotions of others is understanding one’s own emotions. To model this […]

Cozy corner for your child’s emotions

Imagine that you’re gripped by emotion. Imagine it’s an emotion that you don’t like, but you don’t know what it’s called or how to make it go away. Preschoolers experience a wide range of feelings but don’t always know how to express them. Identifying and responding to one’s own emotions is an important component of […]

Think inside the box: An exercise in perspective taking

Did you know that perspective-taking skills play a key role in children’s ability to demonstrate sensitivity in relationships, interpret and react to unwritten social rules, and make sense of other people’s behavior? Try this playful, 10-minute activity to help your child improve their ability to take another person’s perspective! Before you start the activity with your child, find a box […]

Right on cue: Help your child read social cues

A child’s ability to participate successfully in group and one-and-one interactions depends largely on their capacity to read social cues.  Social cues help children pick up on group norms, engage in play with peers, and recognize when and why others (like teachers or friends) approve or disapprove of something.  This week’s activity focuses on an aspect […]

Practice Collaborative Storytelling

Collaboration has many benefits, including helping children build their social skills and helping them to be more active in realms of self-expression, critical thinking, and communication.  These skills rely on a sense of joint understanding, which in itself requires collaborators to comprehend the other person’s words and gestures, monitor their understanding, and take on the other person’s perspective to best […]

Top 5 Kidaptive Tips and Tidbits of 2013

We hope your new year is off to a great start!  If spending more quality time with your learner is on your list of resolutions this year, be sure to take advantage of our helpful Tips and Tidbits.  This weekly e-mail series offers parents quick facts, activity suggestions, and research-based advice on learning and growing […]