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.
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