Who Is in the Box?
Who Is in the Box?
If your child or client is going into an inclusive classroom at school this fall, s/he may have some difficult moments trying to fit in with classmates. It’s a tricky time for all kids. You can help. You can bring in games that everyone can play regardless of their social skill level. Help your child share the wonderful feeling of being part of the whole.
One game that is especially good for all preschool and kindergarten kids is WHO’S IN THE BOX. The necessary material will instantly bring a good feeling to the kids—it’s a large box. Go to any appliance or big box store. They receive shipments often and can give you one easily.
Here’s the game: Place the box enticingly in the room. Then, have all the kids turn and face a wall and ask them to “Face the wall and keep your eyes closed”. Then, when their backs are turned, pick up one child and put her or him in the box. Close the flaps of the box if that feels okay with the child inside.
Have everyone turn around and face the box. Ask, “Who’s missing? Who’s in the box”? Have the children look around to see what child is no longer there and who was there before.
When they guess and even if they guess correctly, they have to go to the box and knock on it chanting these words:
“Who’s in the box?
Who’s in the box?
Knock, knock, knock
Who’s in the box?”
Children knock on the box on the words “Knock, knock, knock.” When the final “Who’s in the box?” is said, the top flaps are open and the child pops up or everyone peeks in and says that person’s name:
The game is designed to increase social awareness by making children notice who are the other children in the class and learn that each child has a name.
The novelty of the game focuses their attention to the present moment and can thereby decrease the self-consciousness of being with a new group of people. Everyone’s attention is on the new thing.
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