Tired of Saying "Be Careful"?
- If I step on this leaf, will it crunch?
- If I squeeze this grape, will it pop?
The same thing goes for safety and risky play. As our tiny peers begin to navigate their surroundings, they often find themselves in situations that need narration or assistance.
One of our favorite practices here at Goose is sportscasting. When you see a tiny peer engaging in play - risky or not - it is helpful to sportscast your observations to bring attention to their actions.
For example, “Wow I see you made it to the top of the slide! It looks like your options are to slide down or walk back down the steps.” This provides your tiny peer with clear information on what is occurring around them.
This same idea applies to risky play. Calling out what could be a danger or what could require thoughtful movement allows them to be informed drivers of their actions. For example, if you see a tiny peer walking down a wet set of stairs, instead of “be careful!” you could try, “Wow I noticed the rain left these stairs so slippery. It might be a safe choice to take it slow.” In a climbing scenario, you could say, “I see you reached the top of the structure! Do you have a plan on how to come down or do you need some help?”
These phrases allow your tiny peer to look at the situation with all the necessary information and make a confident choice on their own. Try it out and let us know what you think! :)