It can be difficult for you as a parent or a teacher to motivate your kids or students, to encourage them to behave well and to make them reach their set goals in a playful way. This lovely penguin goal setting felt board can help you with all of these! Let’s see how it works.
The main goal of the game is to help the little penguin go home from the frosty woods to its cosy igloo. It can step ahead only when your child shows good behaviour during the day or reacts well in a difficult situation. First, the route made of ice-floats needs to be clearly seen, then the penguin can jump on them one by one and on its way it can collect some extra fish for extra good deeds.
Do you want your child put his/her toys away after playing, not to argue a lot with his/her sibling, taste and eat different foods and generally, obey you? However, you’re having so much trouble with these? Try the penguin felt board!
Let your child pick the colour of the penguin’s scarf and the fish as it will bring the whole game closer to him/her. Also, depending on his/her age, you can even involve him/her in the sewing process!
How to play the game
- Make up a short story about the penguin. For example, tell your child that the little penguin has gone too far from its home and got lost in the frosty woods. Ask him/her to help it find the way to its igloo.
- Explain that the route home can only become seen with good deeds and behaviour. You can attach an ice-float to the board based on your child’s overall behaviour day by day or from one critical situation to another.
- Let him/her get extra fish for all extra nice things.
- Allow your child to attach the pieces to the felt board alone, providing him/her a greater sense of achievement.
Alternatively, you can set a more special aim for the end of game.
I know there are some people who are against rewarding, but I don’t mean big and expensive rewards, just something like:
- extra playtime on the playground,
- a special family programme at the weekend,
- making cookies together,
- a day when your kid chooses what to do and where to go,
- extra playtime in a playhouse,
- dance party at home,
- dress-up party at home,
- balloon- or pillow-fight,
- watching a movie,
- handicrafts, so something that is special and different from your usual daily routine.
This set goal can be drawn or written down and attached to the hanger of the felt board so that you can see it all the time.
Make the game more exciting by leaving the special reward a surprise, which is revealed only when the penguin has got home. 🙂
How siblings can play the game
If you have more kids, sew more penguins (and you’ll need to sew as many Velcro pieces on the lower ice field and on the igloo as the number of your penguins).
In this case, instead of competing, the siblings should build the ice-float way together and help each other’s penguin get home.
How to shorten playtime
You can shorten the length of playtime by rewarding EVERY good reaction instead of a daily basis.
It’s the same case if you start the game with the ice-floats already on.
I made 10 ice-floats and 10 fish, however, you can make more, depending on your aim and the length of the game.
AT KINDERGARTEN OR SCHOOL
Use the felt board at kindergarten or school in a similar way as described above.
In this case the set goal/reward can be:
- a class party,
- a class dance competition,
- a class board game,
- watching a movie and eating popcorn,
- extra playtime outside,
- a fashion show,
- a talent show,
- a class trip,
- eating ice-cream, or any other class programme that strengthens the feeling of belonging together and being a team.
Write this main goal/reward on a piece of paper, make the kids sign it and attach it to the felt board or its hanger so that the kids can see it every day.
To make the game more exciting, let the reward be a surprise! Write it down, put the paper in an envelope so that the kids can see only that until they make the penguin reach the igloo.
It’s up to you whether the pieces are attached to the felt board after a good reaction or based on the average behaviour of the class at the end of the day.
Give ALL the kids a chance to attach something to the board or move the penguin.
I hope that I could give you some good ideas on how to motivate and encourage kids to behave well and reach their goals.
Want to sew the felt board? Click HERE to get the pattern.
I’m really curious if the felt board works for you! If so, please feel free to share your experience with me in a comment below or via email: email@example.com.
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