Kindergarten Social Skills Activity: Teaching Kids How to Share

Some of our new Kindergarten friends aren’t used to sharing supplies or toys and have a hard time with this during free choice time or at any time when there are materials to share! In the past, I’ve overheard adults say things like, “You need to learn to share!” and while this might be true, the statement itself doesn’t really address the lagging skill. Instead of pointing out what students are doing wrong, we can work in smaller groups to actually teach kids how to share so that they can develop this social skill that’s so important for Kindergarten success!

Wondering how to teach kids to share? Give this social skills small group activity a try to focus on 4 main principles of sharing!

Teach Kids to Share: How We Practice in Small Group

Teaching Principles:

For my Kindergarten social skills small group, we keep things really play-focused. I start out with a short puppet show to demonstrate sharing skills and sharing words that students can use. The key points we focus on for shared supplies or toys are:

  • The toys are for everyone to use (i.e. none of the pieces “belong” to a certain student at school)
  • When we take toys out, we take what we need. If we end up not using something, we put it back. If we need more, we can go back.
  • When there’s no more of the thing we want, it’s okay. We can find another piece or item to try. We can get the other thing we wanted another time.
  • Lastly, sharing makes it fun everyone, not just one person!
Wondering how to teach kids to share? Check out this Kindergarten social skills group counseling activity to practice sharing with kids. Teach kids about sharing and then practice! This is perfect for pre-K and first grade too! Use this in group counseling or classroom guidance lesson centers. -Counselor Keri

Practice:

After seeing how the puppets share and work out staring-related problems, we give it a try. I give the students a bucket of shared materials, like blocks or Legos. Then, I give each student a design or item to make using the shared supplies.

Wondering how to teach kids to share? Give this social skills small group activity a try to focus on 4 main principles of sharing!

I remind students that their design or item doesn’t have to look exactly like the one in the picture. If there’s no more of that color, it’s okay! They can try something different.

There are of course some hiccups along the way but we revisit the 4 main principles we talked about and refer back to how the puppets solved the problem! And one-time practice isn’t all it takes; after our small group lesson, I provide in-class support during times when sharing comes up. I join in for free choice time and for times when students are sharing materials – like during art – to remind them of what we practiced!


How do you teach kids to share? Leave your tips below! Looking for more ideas to teach Kindergarten social skills? Check out this post to read more about all of the skills I teach in my small group.

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Wondering how to teach kids to share? Check out this Kindergarten social skills group counseling activity to practice sharing with kids. Teach kids about sharing and then practice! This is perfect for pre-K and first grade too! Use this in group counseling or classroom guidance lesson centers. -Counselor Keri
Wondering how to teach kids to share? Check out this Kindergarten social skills group counseling activity to practice sharing with kids. Teach kids about sharing and then practice! This is perfect for pre-K and first grade too! Use this in group counseling or classroom guidance lesson centers. -Counselor Keri
Wondering how to teach kids to share? Check out this Kindergarten social skills group counseling activity to practice sharing with kids. Teach kids about sharing and then practice! This is perfect for pre-K and first grade too! Use this in group counseling or classroom guidance lesson centers. -Counselor Keri

5 thoughts on “Kindergarten Social Skills Activity: Teaching Kids How to Share

  1. We teach I care rules and I add specific phrases kids can use while
    Plying such as; Want to trade, may I have a turn,

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