I know how powerful play can be for both children and parents!
I started as a preschool teacher and now work at as a Social-Emotional Learning Specialist, teaching K-7th graders empathy, perspective-taking and healthy self-expression.
When I first started to teach, I noticed children needed to experience various situations when understanding social skills. For example, if a child wanted a turn with a toy they had to explore impulse control, instead of just grabbing the toy from another child.
Improv games allow children to practice these needed skills - naturally and effectively.
This is why I use improv games as my approach to reach children and help them engage with one another. I see how therapeutic play can be, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, where practicing social skills is more important than ever!
When children play and use their imaginations they are taken to a new place and are able to explore emotions and situations that help them cope with reality and day-to-day goals.
I wrote this ebook because parents and children deserve to play with one another and laugh and find joy every single day, for at least 10 minutes a day!
- Maja Watkins,
Co-Founder of Zip Zap Zop Enrichment
Author of The Brain's Playground: Using Improv Games to Teach Social and Emotional Learning.