Activities

ECCP® provides step-by-step activities that caregivers of young children can use to support their social and emotional development. These can be used by educators or by families.

  • Creating a Classroom Comfort Box
    Children can experience many types of stressors from school, home, and neighborhood environments. Teachers can use a comfort box as a tool to help soothe children who are feeling sad, scared, anxious, or angry.
  • Cozy Areas
    Every preschool classroom should consider having a cozy area. A classroom full of young children can be overwhelming for everyone, the children in particular. Create a place where children can relax, calm down and learn to manage their emotions and behavior.
  • Teacher Stress Kits
    Taking care of you as a teacher is an important part of being present, attentive, and ready for each day. When an unexpected stressful event arises, make sure to spend extra time on stress relieving techniques.
  • Scripted Stories: About Scripted Stories and Scripted Story Example
    Scripted stories are short stories that teach a specific social-emotional skill. They are a great way to help child learn and strengthen social-emotional skills.
  • How to Set Effective Limits with Young Children
    When we are caring for young children, as adults we have a responsibility to help children organize their experiences and emotions. Young children are still learning about their world, and need the help of their important adults.  Research shows that children develop optimally when we set limits as necessary, and show empathy for the child when setting those limits.  
  • How To Make Busy Boxes
    Preschoolers are still learning how to structure their time and may occasionally have difficulty during unstructured times. When children are asked to wait quietly, they may not know how to do this and adults may see an increase in challenging behaviors during this time. By using “busy boxes” children can be taught how to occupy themselves while they are waiting and learn what it means to choose a quiet activity.  
  • How to Make and Use Routine Charts
    Consistent routines provide children with a sense of safety and security. Children are able to thrive when adults create and follow regular schedules and routines.
  • How to Make and Implement a Solution Board
    When adults actively teach children ways to solve problems with increasing independence; children gain confidence, build self-control, and have more successful interactions with peers. By using social emotional visuals and language that focuses on identifying and solving problems, children gain the skills they need to successfully resolve conflicts with peers.  A solution board is one tool that can be used when teaching young children problem solving skills.