LittleStorm Conversation games ref.nr. 10008, age 2,5 +
The wooden box contains 24 wooden playing boards and 96 wooden playing cards, and focuses on 4 different conversations themes:
LittleStorm – Things to do at home
LittleStorm – All kinds of weather
LittleStorm – Out in the world
Little Storm – Says hello and goodbye
Children aged 2-6 years think in concrete terms and therefore need messages and information that are as specific as possible.
Children aged 2-6 years find it difficult to understand abstract concepts, including time, death and divorce.
At this age, they have no firm perception of time. Most children do not develop this until they are 6-7 years old.
This means that when a 2-6 year old says goodbye, he/ she does not know how much time will pass until there is a reunion.
The child will also find it difficult to understand that something is permanent.
In addition, the child is not yet able to distinguish between the real and the imagined.
If exposed to a situation he/she does not understand, the child will tend to create his/her own explanation.
The LittleStorm game provide children with an opportunity to verbalize the
boards and cards, all of which either deal with situations the child is familiar
with or depict situations that prepare children for things, events or
circumstances they may find difficult to comprehend.
In a word: LittleStorm games make abstract things in the child’s life specific
and easier to understand.
The games build on the children’s own experiences.
Emotions, sensory impressions, actions and physical reactions reflect how
see and understand ourselves and the world we live in.
It is important for a child’s well-being that he/she is encouraged to talk about
their experiences and surroundings.
Use the LittleStorm boards and cards to talk with the children about the day to day life.
Inspiration for a good conversation.
A good idea is to talk about the individual card. Make your explanation brief and specific.
Talk about the child’s board and pay special attention when the child indicates that he/she wants to know more.
It is important that you listen carefully to the child’s questions and that your response is concise.
Recognise the child’s feelings and make sure he/she feels that you understand when he/she is upset,
when e.g. Mum or Dad has just said Goodbye and left for work.
It is important that the adult playing this game with children is aware that some of them may feel guilty
about things they have not done or are not responsible for.
The adult should tell the child that it is not his/her fault and absolve the child of his/her guilt.
Children see life from only one perspective and sometimes feel guilty about things, in which they were not even implicated.
It helps them to hear an adult say, “That’s not your fault” and proceed with something else that is equally specific.