I thought I’d share a game I made up years ago. It is called the Please and Thank you game. This game can be used with a single child, small group or at transition time (circle) with all the children. On occasion, I have witnessed small groups of children playing this game together without a teacher. This is a great way to support some of the lessons of Grace and Courtesy (table manners) and can be played by anyone, anywhere.
Discuss the rules of the game first:
- The correct answers are “Yes please” or “No thank you.”
- The child must look you in the eyes when they say it.
- The child must say “Thank you” if they are given something from the imaginary tray or
- All of the children must wait until everyone has been asked and served before they eat
the imaginary food. Because of this rule, I usually serve the oldest children first
working my way to the youngest.
Adult: “On my (imaginary) tray I have some chocolate covered bumble bees with thorn bush sprinkles (the grosser the better). Would you like a chocolate covered bumble bee with thorn bush sprinkles?” (This is said to the first child in the group).
Child : “Yes please.” (to which the adult answers "You're welcome.") or “No, thank you”. If the child says “Yes” the adult places an item in the child’s hands. If the child says “No” just smile and move on to the next child.
Once the children have all been "served", the teacher says, "You may all now eat.”
With great gusto and a little silliness join the children as they devour the “food”.