How many times have you heard children say, “That’s not fair!”? Sometimes children can be very literal in their interpretation of “fairness.” To a young child, fair may mean equal, such as taking the same number of turns, sharing the cookies equally, or following the rules of the game without exceptions. To a school-age child, “fair” may mean listening to each other to hear their viewpoint, considering all views, and working together to come to a conclusion. For all children, “fair” might mean that everyone has an equal chance in winning a game. Or that everybody gets a fair share of the “goodies” but must also do their fair share of the work.
The Lonely Broccoli song is a perfect opportunity to start a conversation about fair play. The following activity steps can help support an open-ended, caring conversation with your children, especially when encouraging them to answer these “big” questions without any “right” answer in mind. You might want to try one at a time so that they can focus on the specifics of each conversation.
Students watch a video skit, share their viewpoints on rules, and collaboratively create fair rules for the classroom and other school areas.