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Language and Communication give compliments  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

Description:

To be given and receive compliments.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Curriculum level:L1
TAP skill:Social Interaction
TAP level:TAP60
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Brainstorm

Ask the children "what is a compliment? What should you do if someone gives you a compliment?"

You could also talk about "what is criticism?" and "is criticism always bad?"

Act it out

'Teen-age' rag dolls

2 people choose a doll and using the doll act out giving and receiving a compliment.

The children could act out giving and receiving criticism.

Give a compliment

Cards with names of everyone in the group (including adults)

1. Hold the cards in a fan with the names face down.

2. Have one child choose a card.

3. That child gives a compliment to the person whose name is on the card.

4. The person who receives the compliment responds appropriately.

Take out the name of the person you're offering the cards to, so they can't choose themself.

Compliments Chart

Giving and receiving compliments as part of a language group. This is a good way to boost children's self esteem.

Materials:

Compliment prompt cards, with or without visual support, as appropriate.

Compliments chart, with each child's name on the left side, with a space on the right side for the chosen compliment to be stuck.

For example:


Blu-tac to stick the compliment cards on to the chart, and the chart on to the wall.

At the end of each session, each person gives the person sitting next to them a compliment.

You will need to explain what a compliment is - a positive comment about another person that makes them feel good. It needs to be genuine!

You can keep a note of the compliments each child is given over all the sessions of the group. They can get a certificate / note at the end with all their compliments on for them to keep.

You can use this with younger children if you help them to think about what a compliment is. If they find it difficult you can make it easier by asking them to 'say something nice' to the person next to them.

Compliments web

Ball of string

Compliments prompt cards if appropriate.

Pass the ball of string around the group, unwinding it as it goes. Each child chooses who they want to give a compliment to, and passes the string to that person as they tell them the compliment.

The child who is given the string keeps hold of the end but passes the ball onto another child. You should end up with a web of string!

Then wind the string back up, with the compliments being given in reverse order. This means that each child gives a compliment to the person who complimented them at the beginning.

You will need to explain what a compliment is - a positive comment about another person that makes them feel good. It needs to be genuine!

You can use this with younger children if you help them to think about what a compliment is. If they find it difficult you can make it easier by asking them to 'say something nice' to the person next to them.

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