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Asking Others to Play

Initiating play with others is essential for joining playgroups and friends, especially since most friendships at young ages are formed at recess. It requires seeking someone or a group, asking, joining, and including others. Accepting no for an answer when others decline your invitation to play is also taught as a social grace.

Preview an SEL skills lesson: Asking Others to Play

1 Show the video to your students

<SCENE 1>

Matt: (looking at his phone)

Josh: (approaches Matt, bringing toys) Hey Matt, want to play Legos with me?

Matt: Sure! What should we build?

Josh: I was thinking a skyscraper.

Matt: Nice!

 

<FROM MY VIEW>

Josh: When I want to play with someone, I walk up to them, look at them, say a greeting and ask them to play. I also bring the toy with me.

<SCENE 1 replay>

Matt: (looking at his phone)

Josh: (approaches Matt, bringing toys) Hey Matt, want to play Legos with me?

Matt: Sure! What should we build?

Josh: I was thinking a skyscraper.

Matt: Nice!

 

<FURTHER PRACTICE>

Narrator: When we want to ask someone to play, we get near them, we look at them and greet them.

<SCENE 1 replay>

Matt: (looking at his phone)

Josh: (approaches Matt, bringing toys) Hey Matt! 

Narrator: and we ask them to play with us.

<SCENE 1 replay continued>

Matt: Want to play Legos with me?

Matt: Sure! What should we build?

Josh: I was thinking a skyscraper.

Matt: Nice!

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