Toys To Encourage Sharing (Games, Etc, Toys That More Than One Kid Can Play With At A Time)

Playing is one of the most important parts of growing up. Even kittens and puppies play. Through playing, we learn basic motor skills, we learn how things work, we learn to use our imagination, to build, to function in daily life, and, we learn to share.
Unfortunately, some kids hate sharing.
The solution is to encourage playtime that is most fun when there is more than one person on hand. What this basically means is games. Sports, board games, video games, if it’s more fun with two people than it is with one, you’re on the right path.
Of course, you have to choose carefully, and remember that teaching your kids to work together requires some guidance on your part. Some toys may seem to encourage sharing, but the bossiest of your kids might want to take charge of everything (we all had a brother, sister, or friend who would make up new rules on the fly when they were losing!), and might not respect the input of the other kids.
So of course, you don’t want to just hand your kids a football and hope they get the picture. Talk to them, play with them, and teach them in a hands-on way about sharing and living, playing, and working with other people. The lessons kids can learn through playing board games and sports can be carried on well into adulthood.
To put it more in perspective, think of the brattiest kid you knew growing up+ they were an only child, weren’t they?
Sports
The only setback with getting kids to share with sports, is that most girls aren’t really into sports all that much. If you can encourage a game of driveway basketball as a family event, though, it should be a heck of a lot easier to get all of your kids interested.
No real specific recommendations for any individual sport here. Whatever ball your family is most inclined to throw, kick, or knock around, go for it. Indoor sports can be great, too.
Board Games and Cards
If you can find some board games focused more on teamwork, this is ideal. Sometimes, all you need is a deck of cards, and if you know some good team-based games, teach your kids and have a ball. Even with games that usually don’t use teamwork, you can still assign a single game piece to two of your kids in say, Monopoly, and have them take turns, or encourage them to discuss any decisions and come to an agreement before they buy or sell boardwalk, for example.
If you want to encourage your kids to get along and share toys with one another, it usually works best to divide the teams up into parents and kids.
Family Time
Something that really helps to quell sibling rivalry is just to get more involved, yourself. When the parents and kids are playing together, it tends to be a lot more harmonious, with children being happy to feel the inclusive, family atmosphere, and wanting to contribute to household peace.

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