5 Needed Skills Recap with Debi and Elissa

Productive Play Recap 5 Skills Needed

Thanks to all who tuned in to Productive Play this week where we discussed the five “soft skills” that help foster future professional success in youths aged 15-29.

After each “Productive Play” show, we recap the episode here on the Word of Mom Radio Blog and at If Not You, Who? Everyone is busy so if you had to tune out early, missed the original show, or need a refresher of the activities, this is where you can check back and find all the information you need!

5 Soft Skills for Workplace Success

Social Skills – social skills cover an array of skills – they enable us to know what to say in situations, how to make good choices, how to behave such as knowing how to share, or waiting your turn.  

Recommended Activity: Month 7 Activity 12, Have a child practice knocking on a door before entering the room to teach respect.

Communication– transferring information to another person via speaking, singing and writing or even non-verbally using body language, gestures or tone and pitch of voice.

Recommended Activity: Month 5 Activity 26, encourage your child to put on an “ABC” performance!

Higher Order Thinking– this is knowing how to solve problems, make decisions, and to think critically such as analyzing a situation, predict an outcome, and so on. Remember that any problem for a preschooler to solve requires higher order thinking.  It doesn’t have to be complicated.

Recommended Activities: Month 12 Activity 14, Play the “What If” game.  Another       activity, take a trip to the playground.  Playgrounds offer a fun and safe environment to practice problem solving and critical thinking.

Self Control– the ability to control one’s emotion, behavior, and desires especially in difficult situations

Recommended Activity: Month 12 Activity 10, Marshmallow Experiment. Here is an example.

Positive Self-Concept– how one feels about themselves.

Recommended Activity: Month 6 Activity 13, Help find a “special talent” within your child and let them know they excel in that area. Try not to falsify or give too general of praise, such as “ Good Job” this can actually be harmful in the long run to your child.


“ What If Everybody Did That?” by Ellen Javernick. This book helps with the skills of higher order thinking and self control as it presents situation and asks “What if everybody did that?”  

“Little White Owl” by Tracey Corderoy. The story is about making friends and how friends have many wonderful differences but we can still learn from each other.

“The Pout-Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen.  It shares the power of positive choices so can be used to share self-concept skills and social skills and there are lots of rhymes!

Meet Debi and Elissa

ThanksProductive Play Show for stopping by Word of Mom Radio. We are quite excited for the opportunity to share ideas and activities during the monthly show of Productive Play. If you have any questions, or show ideas or feedback, please feel free to reach out to us. And remember to visit www.ifnotyouwho.org and discover over 300+ free activities that help prepare kids for kindergarten and life! ~ Debi & Elissa

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