Your child is learning to express and manage emotions. This is great news for you, because it means less frustration and impatience and fewer tantrums.Pre-schoolers, emotions and playPre-schoolers are learning more about emotions all the time – how to express them and even how to manage them!You can help your pre-schooler learn about emotions by giving him words for what he’s feeling and why. This is especially important for some of those big feelings like frustration and impatience, which come with learning to share, taking turns and playing fair.Play is also important, because it’s the natural way children learn and develop. Play gives pre-schoolers a chance to express their feelings and practise managing them.What to expect from pre-schoolers and emotionsAt around 3-4 years your pre-schooler will probably:
At 4-5 years, your pre-schooler will probably:
By the time she’s five, your child will probably:
Play ideas to encourage pre-schooler emotionsPlaying with you and with other children helps pre-schoolers explore and understand their feelings. Here are some play tips for you and your child:
Your child might find it easier to express feelings if he feels in charge. Letting your child choose what and how to play can help with this.All children develop at their own pace. If you’re concerned about any aspect of your child’s development, it’s a good idea to talk to your paediatrician or General Practitioner (GP) or your child’s pre-school teacher.
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