Teaching toddlers between the ages of 2- 4 how to share can be difficult. Children go through phases while they grow that may affect their readiness to share. Apart from sharing things like toys with other children; children might find it very difficult to share their most loved person, like Mama, with others in the family.
In part, being reluctant to share is just a developmental problem — children get better at it with age. At age 2, children may share with protest; at 3, children play next to others but might play with their own toys, without getting involved in another child’s play; at age 4, children become more cooperative with their peers but also want to do things independently.
Children grow to understand, generally by 4, that if their toy is given to someone else, they can get it again later. Even if Ma or Papa aren’t here right now, they know they’ll be back again soon. This understanding and trust makes sharing easier.
But you don’t have to wait for years to teach your child what sharing is. Instead, you can use what you know to help your child share better and better.
Here’s a story to help children understand sharing at different ages. It is called Badal and the Spots and it’s about a grumpy little rain cloud who doesn’t want to share his rain.
Little children, flowers, a drying up river, a farmer — so many characters plead with Badal asking for rain, but, Badal wants to keep his rain all to himself. Until one day he realizes he is covered in grey spots that’ll only clear up if he rains.
Hesitant at first, Badal begins to rain. Once he does, he feels such joy in sharing his rain that he goes to everyone and showers on them! In the end Badal is the happiest of all after sharing and making new friends.
Make sharing a fun, imaginative and positive experience for your child. Watch Badal and the Spots with your little one (If you don’t have the Kutuki app, you can download it from the links below) and start talking about sharing today.
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