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All Aboard! 


Turn your chairs into a pretend train and let the children be in charge of who's going away and coming back.

  • Target Age:  2-5 
  • Learning Goals: Coping with separation and return; Playing about power and control; Pretending; Imagination
  • Related Episode: Episode 103: Daniel’s Babysitter/ Daniel Goes to School

 

Materials

  • Chairs
  • Construction paper "tickets"
  • Belts

Directions

  1. Let your child line up chairs in pairs or in rows.
  2. Friends or family members can pretend to buy “tickets” (imaginary tickets or tickets made from construction paper) to get a ride.
  3. Be sure to fasten your seat belts by putting a belt behind the chair and bringing it around to the front.
  4. As one of the passengers, you can talk about how long you’ll be gone and that, when your trip is over, you’ll be coming back.
  5. You can stimulate your child’s imagination by pretending to look out the window and talk about what you see, saying something like, “Look, there’s a big truck next to us. What do you think is inside it?” or “That woman is all dressed up. Where do you think she’s going?”

Take it Further

You can stimulate your child’s imagination by pretending to look out the window and talk about what you see, saying something like, “Look, there’s a big truck next to us. What do you think is inside it?” or “That woman is all dressed up. Where do you think she’s going?”

Talk About It

Children often feel left behind when their favorite grownups go off in cars and planes. Before you go away, or after you come back, your children might want to use this pretend play to be in charge of who gets a ticket and who has to stay behind.

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