To do: Offer a cold drink to someone, like a neighbor or dog-walker.
Time: 5 minutes
Materials: Cold glass or bottle of water
On a hot summer’s day, nothing is better than a cold glass of water. It helps a person stay hydrated and refreshed.
With this in mind, we have a simple activity to help your child practice empathy and volunteerism. Here’s what to do:
The next time you see someone working outside in your neighborhood or near your house, perhaps a construction worker or electrician, simply offer him or her a cold drink! Here’s what your child can learn:
Empathy: Have a conversation about how the person might be feeling. “Hmm, it’s very hot out, do you think the lineman might be thirsty? What do we have to drink in our house?”
Social Skills: Your child can practice social skills by using phrases like, “Would you like some water?” or “May I get you something to drink?” These skills in Grace and Courtesy are important to the fabric of our society.
Control of Movement: Handling a glass of ice water is hard work for a young child, but they are capable. Help your child remember to hold a glass or cup with two hands and walk carefully to deliver it to the recipient.
If you have a lot of foot traffic near your house, consider setting up a FREE lemonade or ice-water stand! Dog-walkers or pedestrians will appreciate a nice drink.
Just a note: Have a conversation about talking to strangers with your child. If you are in the home, it’s appropriate to speak to visitors inside and out, but it’s also important to consider safety first. Think about what you feel comfortable with and help your child understand the house rules.
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