Masking Up Magic?Posted by: August 25, 2020
One of the fine arts of working with young children is creatively persuading them to do things they’d rather not do. Washing hands, picking up toys, taking a nap . . . and now, add to that list, wearing a mask. How do teachers manage to do it?
One experienced teacher related to us how she encouraged some reluctant students to willingly don their mask:
As with any undesirable task, if you make it play, they’ll join in! We started with “Simon Says”: “Masks on lap”, I chanted, “Hands on head”. They copied my motions, until by the end, everyone was wearing a mask!
We followed this with the “Humming Game”. With everyone’s mouths now covered with a mask, I secretly selected one child to hum. The other children had to guess who was humming. Everyone wanted a turn! I expect we’ll have to play games like this daily until wearing a mask, just like washing hands, simply becomes a routine part of our day.
Anyone else have any successful tips or tricks to share?