Ever find when you ask your child to do something they either take forever, or run the other way?
What if you tried to make it a fun game?
In 3 easy steps I can tell you how you can take redirect behavior into something fun.
Plan ahead and teach a simple fun routine with your child during play time.
Practice the routine with your child when they need to listen.
Praise them and create fun challenges for them to do it themselves.
You may think that it’s not this simple, but when a child sees a routine as a fun thing to do with mom, they are more inclined to listen. Take this example that’s great for older preschool kids.
Imagine you wanted your child to follow directions to come to the dinner table when you call them? And instead of them ignoring you, or creating a scene, you create a fun game out of it.
1. Plan ahead and teach a simple fun routine with your child during play time.
Start with “I wonder what jumps higher? A bunny or a frog?” and ask your child to model what they think.
Encourage them to make their jumps look somewhat different between a bunny and a frog.
Suggest they go across the room and back counting their jumps. (Note: At this point it’s okay if their counting isn’t lined up with their jumps. Remember your goal is to get them to listen!)
2. Practice the routine with your child when they need to listen.
The next time you need to call them to the table, have everything ready at the table then go to where they are sitting/playing. When you’re next to them, tell them you want to see how many jumps it would take to get to the kitchen. Will they be a bunny or a frog? Walk with them and count with them. Praise them when they get there.
Repeat this a couple of times before calling them from another room to do it on their own.
3. Praise them and create fun challenges for them to do it themselves.
As your child shows independence in this, or starts to show a lack of interest, try to mix it up with some challenges. Like what if they did bigger jumps, would it be quicker, or count to a lower number, or if they did bigger jumps would they count to a higher number?
At the dinner table you can talk about how many jumps it took today compared to previous days.
To add some props to make it more fun you can buy some bunny ears.
With this idea, you can teach something simple to go a long way. You shift your child’s behavior, foster independence and teach counting!
For more transition ideas check out this list of fun ways to get your child to play, learn and listen.
And if you want more on how to transform behavior to something you love check out https://www.kidsmoveandlearn.com/behavior
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