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Manners Game

This honey of a game will give your little one practice using the magic words "please" and "thank you". In advance, cut honeycomb shape from yellow construction paper, then add details with a marker. Remove MissBea Polite's straw hat and place it in a chair that is near, but facing away from your group area. To play, seat the class on the floor. Ask a volunteer to sit in the chair, wear the hat and pretend to be Miss Bea. Place the honeycomb under the chair Ask Miss Bea to close her eyes, then quietly choose another child to tiptoe to the chair and take the honeycomb. The child then returns to the group and sits on the honeycomb. Ask Miss Bea to open her eyes and face the group.

Recite this chant:

(Class) Miss Bea Polite, your very sweet. May we please have a honey treat?
(Miss Bea) Miss Bea Polite says, "Yes, you may."
(Class) "Thank you, thank you," we all say.

Give Miss Bea several chances to guess who took the honeycomb before revealing the child, if necessary. The child who took the honeycomb then becomes Miss Bea. Continue until each child has been the queen bee.

Theme Ideas

I teach my son to sign please and thank you along with saying it. It reinforces the true intent of his word.

~Submitted by Georgie in NY

For our manners theme, we learn manners and then have a tea party where the children can show their parents what they have learned. It is a lot of fun and the kids learn new table manners and how to talk to others using their manners.

~Submitted by Linda/TN

I have a Troll Book of Manners, in which there are examples of good manners. Here are a few that you may be able to incorporate into a manners theme.

*Please and Thank You
*If you were the only person in the world, you wouldn't need manners. But there are lots of people in the world, and good manners help everyone get along together.
*When we ask for something we say "Please",
*When someone gives us something, we say "Thank You".
*At lunchtime, we know we wash our hands and sit up straight at the table.
*And we know that it's not polite to talk with our mouths full.
*When we play together, everyone has a good time when we share, and are polite to each other.
*When we are playing with our friends, it is not polite to whisper about someone who is nearby, because it might hurt their feelings.
*It is not polite to interrupt someone who is trying to talk.
*Everyone likes a person who has good manners. Good manners make you a person who is nice to know.
*What should you say if you walk in front of someone? You say "Excuse me"
*Moving over so someone can sit down is called? "Sharing"
*When you ask for something you say....."Please"
*When you receive something you say...."Thank You"

This is a small bit, but I have it on pasteboard, hanging in our playroom, and we assign an area to someone each day, and that person helps everyone else to remember how to use his manners.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare>

Manners Activity

If you'd like your little ones to begin making choices about mannerly behavior, keep this activity in mine. First, have each child make a Miss Bea bee puppet. To make one, draw a smiling face on one yellow paper plate and a frowning face on a second plate. Color two craft sticks black. Cut two small circles from black construction paper; then glue a circle to one end of each craft stick to represent antennae. To the back of one plate, tape the craft stick antennae at the top of the plate. Tape another craft stick to the bottom of the plate for a handle. Glue the backs of both plates together. When each child has made a puppet, have him use his puppet during this group time activity. Using each of the following suggestions, describe a situation in which proper or improper manners were used. Direct each child to display either the happy or sad statement on his puppet to indicate if Miss Bea Polite would approve or disapprove of the behavior. After using the following suggests, encourage volunteers to contribute scenarios of their own

1. Beatrice Butterfly said, "Pass the flowers, please."
2. Gracie Grasshopper said, "thank you," when she was given a treat.
3. Bobby Bumblebee bumped his brother off the beehive.
4. Arnie Ant waited his turn in line.
5. Carl Caterpillar crunched quietly.
6. Chrysy Caterpillar chatted with her mouth full.
7. Sammy Spider played with his food.
8. Christopher Cricket chirped while another cricket was chirping.
9. Casy Cricket chirped, "Excuse me," before interrupting.
10. Lucy Ladybug borrowed a leaf without asking.

Place a container of Honeycomb cereal in hour housekeeping area along with napkins, small paper plates, and a spoon. Set Miss Bea on the center of the table. Encourage each child to have a seat a the table, obtain a napkin and a plate, and serve himself a spoonful of cereal. Remind youngsters that Miss Bea will be watching for polite table manners.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweetheart ChildCare

Tea Party Time

Celebrate good manners with a tea party. Discuss the manners that will be necessary at the party. Make honeybuns and have tea.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweetheart ChildCare


Ask your kids what it means to be kind or to be a friend or to be nice, whatever they call it. I really made a list of their answers and put them in a rhyme. It is short, but to the point. It was important to me that the words were theirs - because they need to be able to understand what they are promising! Our pledge goes like this:

Today I pledge to be kind,
to use the nicest words I can find.

Today I pledge to try to share,
to wait my turn and to be fair.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweetheart ChildCare

Activity Ideas

*"Where is Thumbkin?" reinforces a polite greeting.
*Set up an obstacle course and have the children go through it moving in one direction. Remind the children about politely taking turns -- good practice for children who have trouble waiting for slower children ahead of them.
*Have the children practice using the telephone, dialing properly, and how to ask for their friend: Hello, May I please speak to _________, Also practice how to answer the phone, "Hello" and "I'll get my mother".
*Roleplay answering the door and greeting a friend for a playdate. After the visit, the child says, "Thanks for coming"; after the visiting friend says, "Thanks for having me." *As situations come up, talk about some alternatives to cursing, name-calling, interrupting others, telling people to shut up, etc.
*Remind the children how good people feel when they give someone a gift and the person shows their appreciation. What are some ways to show your appreciation? "Thank you," "It's beautiful!", "It's just what I wanted," "I love it!"
*Have the children make thank you cards with markers or crayons for anyone who helps out in the classroom or brings in a special treat.
*At the table, unfold a napkin and place it on your lap, for the children to imitate. Also demonstrate how to politely ask for food to be passed.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweetheart ChildCare

Role Playing Activities (for older pre-school & school age children)

These activities will give the children a chance to decide what would be best to do in a given situation and act it out. The children should be encouraged to either agree or disagree with the actors' solution to the problem given them.

1. Two children are sitting at a table coloring. One child needs a crayon that is out of his/her reach. It is within the reach of the other child. What should the first child say to the other child nearest the crayons? (Choose two children to act this out.)

2. The children are in line at the drinking fountain. Another child asks the second child in line to let him/her have "cuts" in line. What should that second child in line do? (As many children may role-play this activity as the teacher desires).

3. The teacher is giving directions and one child in the class has a question to ask about the directions being given. What should that child do?

4. It's a cold day outside and one child has a sweater and a coat. Another child has no sweater or coat and is wearing a short-sleeved shirt. What should the first child do in this situation? (Choose two children to act out this situation. Either use a real sweater and coat or just pantomime putting them on.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweetheart ChildCare


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