While washing dishes, give your child a spoon to hold. Say, “You have a spoon.” Then hold your hand open and say, “My turn.” See if they will hand the spoon back to you. If they do, say, “Thank you.” If they don’t, give them another utensil and see if you can trade them back-and-forth.
See what your child is learning
When you and your child play this game of give-and-take, you’re helping them understand the back-and-forth of communication. They’re using their skills of focus and self-control as they listen, watch, and follow your directions.