Teaching children to play fair; a short guide


Playing fair involves learning the rules of the game and putting them in place. While with children’s games, it’s more about the playing the game than winning the game, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of healthy competition. When there’s competition involved, the game becomes a challenge and motivates children to do their best. Teach children to play fair and in turn you’ll be able to teach them to cope with the disappointment of losing.

Some tips to help children play fair include;

Consider their age. Children learn about fair play more easily when the game is suited to their age. Younger children will better understand fair play when it comes to simpler games like Snakes and Ladders, until they are old enough to understand more complex rules.

Give them opportunity. The more games they are able to play, the more they will be able to practise playing fair.

Give them many different play-mates. If they play with a range of other children of different ages, children will be able to learn from each other, with older children being good role models for younger ones.

Go over the rules. Make sure everyone understands them before the games begin, to ensure clarity. Remember to praise children when they do a good job of playing fair or sharing.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:



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