How to get your preschool class to smile more, according to science and science fiction movie teachers
There are countless children who dream of playing in a sandbox.
There are millions of preschoolers who dream that they can build something from scratch.
But many of them aren’t that happy with the experience.
Now, there is hope for them.
A new study from the University of Chicago, University of British Columbia, and University of Maryland has found that preschoolers can be more interested in doing what they’re taught to do when their parents or caregivers are around.
And that’s a good thing, the study found.
“It’s an important finding,” said senior author David Kroll, a psychologist at the University at Buffalo.
“I think it’s a very important one because preschoolers really need to feel that they are not alone.”
Kroll and his colleagues wanted to know whether preschoolers were happier or sad when their caregivers were away.
So they put them in a group of adults who would be there with them at home.
They were told to sit in a computer-generated sandbox, where they could explore and make their own toys.
“The adults were the one who were really involved with the child,” Kroll said.
“They were the people who had to be the parents or grandparents or the teachers or the school staff.
And it really changed the children’s experience of the world.”
The kids who were shown the real world had fewer emotional reactions, the researchers found.
And they were happier.
“If you don’t have a parent or caregiver there, you’re not going to be as involved in that environment,” Krol said.
That doesn’t mean that parents or guardians are actually going to enjoy spending time with the children.
They may not like seeing them playing in the sandbox, or they may not be happy to see them making their own toy.
But there is no reason for that to make preschoolers happier, Kroll noted.
“Children don’t want to be told to do something,” he said.
“They’re happy to be able to make things for themselves.”
The researchers wanted to find out if they could teach preschoolers to be more self-aware and enjoy themselves, Krol added.
So they put preschoolers in a simulation where they would play a video game.
They would have to find a way to make a certain object fall from the screen.
But the game was very hard to play, so the researchers didn’t want children to feel like they were being forced to make it.
They also wanted them to experience the same joy that they would when playing a video-game game.
“There’s no reward for doing the activity,” Krop said.
Instead, they gave the kids a small reward for being good at the task.
The researchers found that children who had been taught to be self-centered and unhappy with the environment when their parent or caregivers were gone were much more likely to be happy when their kids were there.
They had fewer negative emotions when they were there, they were more likely not to cry, and they were less anxious when they found the toy.
Kroll said this may explain why preschoolers have a higher level of social anxiety, a more negative feeling about their parents and the world.
“Parents and caregivers may be more worried about their children being isolated and not being good,” Krupt said.
The kids also might feel that their parents don’t understand what they are doing and feel that the world doesn’t understand them, he added.
The study was published in the journal Psychological Science.
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