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Old 12-19-2013, 10:29 AM
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I was just wondering what you all do when you are planning to do an activity and no one wants to participate?
This morning, when we normally go outside to play, all of the kids said they did NOT want to play outside.
I have had times where I have taken out or suggested a game and no one is interested.
Do you force the activity or keep it child-led?
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:32 AM
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if they dont want to do an activity i usually allow a little more freeplay then reoffer. there are some days thats its all free play and no activities
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:35 AM
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Same with PP. Sometimes the kids want to do activity after activity after activity, and sometimes its free play all day. I never force a child to participate in an activity or project. I will however enforce keeping said activity in one place. I have some of the kids who try to get up from the table and walk away with a paint brush... no no no. lol If they aren't feeling it that day I just save it for the next.
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:36 AM
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Outside time is not optional here. But other activities are planned and offered. If they choose not to do them, that's their choice.
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:37 AM
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I was just wondering what you all do when you are planning to do an activity and no one wants to participate?
This morning, when we normally go outside to play, all of the kids said they did NOT want to play outside.
I have had times where I have taken out or suggested a game and no one is interested.
Do you force the activity or keep it child-led?
I always keep it child led.
This morning we were supposed to do a learning activity but no one wanted to participate so I asked them what they would like to do and they all said "Crafts!" I whipped out pinterest and found a Simple Star Santa Craft.

We did the craft and the kids were happy. They know better than we do what makes them happy
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:49 AM
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I was just wondering what you all do when you are planning to do an activity and no one wants to participate?
This morning, when we normally go outside to play, all of the kids said they did NOT want to play outside.
I have had times where I have taken out or suggested a game and no one is interested.
Do you force the activity or keep it child-led?
I would not give the kids the indoor/outdoor choice, my group would always choose indoor play.
.... if they say they don't want to play outside, I say "great! Then we can go for an adventure walk" ...they never say no to that
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Outside is non-negotiable.
Other things if they are not interested we move on.
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Old 12-19-2013, 11:34 AM
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Outside time is not optional here. But other activities are planned and offered. If they choose not to do them, that's their choice.
This. In my state outside time is legally required every day. I offer choices when appropriate, but sometimes it's just not a choice
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