Developing children’s senses of confidence and self-esteem are essential. Your interactions help children feel good about their identities both individually and in relationship to others. Feeling secure in oneself helps children feel it is safe to express an opinion, try something new, make a mistake, and contribute to a team. If children believe in themselves, they will tackle more and more difficult learning challenges in all areas of the curriculum. Confidence helps children develop resilience—the ability to adjust, adapt, create, improvise or innovate— an important attribute to have when learning or collaborating with others. This game celebrates mistakes as well as success and helps children see that both are part of learning!
The traditional preschool game of Simon Says is perfect for helping children feel at ease with making a mistake and developing resilience. In this cooperative version of the game, children don’t have to leave the game if they make a mistake, they just have to shout “Ooops!”
Children listen to and discuss lyrics of the Ooops And Yays song and play a fun game that shows we all make mistakes.