Social/Emotional Development Slides

Illinois Early Learning has created a bank of slides based on Standards Start at Home: A Guide to Early Learning for Parents/Families. These slides contain simple suggestions for parents of young children. The Standards Start at Home slides are available in PDF format (31MB). Feel free to share the full document.

Social/Emotional Development Activities: Puppet Play  

What your child will learn: Self-expression; listening skills 

Materials: Hand puppets. To make your own at home, use a variety of scrap art materials such as socks, aluminum foil, paper bags, mittens, plastic spoons, yarn, markers, buttons. 

Instructions: 

  • Make puppets with one or more of the above materials! 
  • Put on a puppet show together with your child or take turns watching and listening 

Social/Emotional Development Activities: Rolling With Laughter   

What your child will learn: How to work together to solve problems 

Materials: No materials needed; allow plenty of space 

Instructions: 

  • You and your child should lie on your backs, arms at your sides, and feet flat against your partner’s feet, then roll 
  • Try several times because practice makes perfect 
  • Next, try it holding hands instead of touching feet 
  • Ask your child, “Is it easier or harder this way? Why?” 

Tips for Promoting Healthy Socialization in Children (slide 1)    

  • Provide times for social interaction and coach your child on how to act. Give positive feedback for good behavior (e.g., “You and John are taking turns”) and redirect negative behavior (e.g., “You use this blue truck while Jon uses the red one, or else you can do a puzzle until he is finished.”) 
  • Check into free play groups if your child isn’t usually with other children their age. Local parent centers, YMCAs, religious groups, or park districts offer playgroups. 

Tips for Promoting Healthy Socialization in Children (slide 2)    

  • Role-play sharing and turn-taking with your child during a game of “Let’s pretend” 
  • Help your child transition from one activity to another by singing a song that signals the next activity or setting a timer with a bell (“You and Crystal can play until the bell rings in five minutes, then you need to wash your hands for lunch”) 

Tips for Helping Your Child Develop a Healthy Sense of Self (slide 1)     

  • Encourage your child to describe themself 
  • Have your child fill in these blanks! When I ______ I feel ______. 
  • Use books to explore emotions. Ask a librarian for help in finding such books on your child’s level. 

Tips for Helping Your Child Develop a Healthy Sense of Self (slide 2)     

  • Talk about your child’s feelings. Don’t put your child down for feeling a certain way. (Remember children will react to things in different ways than adults.) 
  • Be aware of situations that may cause stress for your child, including changes in routine, fears (real or imagined), a new baby, moving, absence of a family member, divorce, remarriage, or death in the family 

Tips for Helping Your Child Develop a Healthy Sense of Self (slide 3)     

  • Talk about values you care about: caring, cooperation, courage, fairness, honesty, respect, or responsibility 
  • Make a list of things your child can do by themself and put it on the refrigerator. Praise your child for trying new things. 

About this resource

Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
  • Family Child Care
  • Home

Intended audience(s):
  • Parents / Family

Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
  • Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)

Related Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards:
Reviewed: 2021