How to make a Responsible Rabbit Puppet
Click here to print out a template for the puppet above. You will need the template, scissors, glue, crayons, paints, markers or colored pencils.
What Is Responsibility?
Responsibility means you do the things you are supposed to do and accept the results of your actions. As an adult, we come to terms to accept our actions and learn from our results and the importance of taking action for a responsibility. How do you think a child would portray being responsible? Ask your own child!
1. Who is responsible for cleaning your room?
2. Who is responsible for brushing your teeth?
3. Who is responsible for your homework?
4. Who is responsible for getting ready to start the day when you wake up?
Stop to think about this. Your child is. While you are the adult, you are responsible to teach your child that they are responsible. When a child learns that they are indeed responsible for the choices they make, they are more likely to become more responsible.
1. When your child does not pick up after themself in their room, at the table, etc. there may be consequences for this act.
2. When your child does not brush their teeth they may form cavities, or other oral health issues, their are consequences. Show them the right way to brush teeth and to do it at least two times a day.
3. When your child does not complete their homework, there are consequences, one, the teacher may have a plan in place, plus, your child misses out on learning.
4. When your child is up and ready to start the day, if they are not prepared all chaos breaks out! Hurry up, let's go, etc. Show your child how simple it is to be prepared the night before to start the new day, or, let them get up a bit earlier so that they can accomplish the morning routine to be met to begin the day.
Tips To Teach A Child To Be Responsible
1. Introduce your child to Responsible Rabbit
2. Ask your child what they think it means to be responsible
3. Discuss what your expectations are for being responsible
4. Discuss what you are responsible for and discuss what they are responsible for (you purchase healthy food, they are responsible to eat them, you purchase toothpaste, they are responsible for brushing their teeth, etc.)
5. Discuss with your child that there are consequences if they are not responsible for tasks
6. Discuss and allow your child to feel the joy when they are responsible
7. Make a visual reminder with your child to be responsible (print out Responsible Rabbit coloring page and use as a sticker chart)
8. Younger children will relate to the character, while older children relate to the trait
9. Compare Responsible Rabbit, for example, ask your child, "what do you think would happen to Responsible Rabbit if they did not clean their room"?
10. Share that everyone is responsible for something at an early age, they will grow into the trait and comprehend the depth of being a responsible person
I myself have always been a visual and hands on learner. The above are in our Resource Book and has a lot of materials to help you reinforce and teach your child what it means to be responsible. There is also a social story called, "Let's Be Responsible" as well as a Bulletin Board filled with activities to reinforce and teach what it means to be responsible. Build a board around a door if you don't have a bulletin board!
Today, depending on where you are located in the world, children are required to wear a mask. Teach them that they are responsible to wear their mask. Teach them that adults are responsible to wear their mask. Click here to print out a template for your child to design their own mask just like Responsible Rabbit!
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