Five- to seven-year-old children are still learning to control their bodies and themselves in group settings. 4-H leaders can avoid problems by providing hands-on activities and establishing clear behavior expectations that are child-friendly and engaging. Here are some simple rhyming phrases you can use to help guide behavior of groups of 5 to 7 year olds:
- “Dot, dot, not a lot”
This helps children limit the use of glue during craft or messy cooking activities.
- “If you can hear my voice, clap your hands 3 times.”
This helps children focus their attention, quiet down, and make a smoother transition to the next activity.
- Leader says, “One two three, eyes on me.” Children respond by saying, “One two, eyes on you.”
This phrase helps five- to seven-year-olds transition between activities and/or quiet down.
- “Shake out the wiggles.”
This helps children release energy so they can better focus on the activity at hand.