In this video, children discuss ways to stop people from getting hurt during rough and tumble play.
After a bit of rough and tumble play that had the potential to hurt one or more participants, the teacher asked the children to discuss ways to reduce that possibility. The children came up with some interesting ideas: from verbal warnings, to time-outs, to naps, to putting repeat offenders in jail. The teacher wanted the children to consider creating a form of play that was satisfying but not dangerous. Notice how the children modify their ideas by referencing what the previous child said, such as jail being a reasonable sentence only if you were bad many times, or how one child’s suggestion for a nap as a time-out would also allow the offender to “think about what he had done.” These are just a few examples of children co-constructing rules around issues of social justice.
Here are a few good questions to ask children about rough and tumble play:
- What happens if you ask someone to stop being so rough and they don’t listen?
- Is it okay to move your body in a big way? Why? When is it OK?
- If play is getting too rough, how can you help each other besides calling time-out?
Conversations about rough and tumble play can also be used to help children think about the things they see on television. When children see violence on television, you can ask, "What would happen if someone acted that way in the real world?" or "What are some ways they could have solved their problems without fighting?"
- Asking children to talk about rules and why they are important is a good way to get children to understand expectations and what will happen if they don’t follow the rules or hurt someone.
- Talking about rules and expectations can be a way to explore how to use words in conflicts instead of reacting with physical aggression.
- For Ages
- 4-5 years
- Time Required
- 4 min
- Average Rating