Typically, if you set a box of building blocks (Legos, K’Nex, waffle blocks, etc.) in front of a kid, they grab blocks and start building. Most don’t necessarily care what color of block they’re getting. When a kiddo wants to play with building blocks, it’s easy to turn it into a compliance activity. I have a Lego set with yellow, blue, green, and red Legos. I usually get some arguing and whining from children if I turn it into a compliance activity and tell them they can only use two colors. It’s a great way to practice following directions and following through, as it can be hard for the kiddo to accept.
I’ve gotten lots of great responses, such as:
- “Why?” (CLASSIC)
- “But can I just use this one red?”
- “But then I won’t be able to build it!”
- “How come you get to use those ones?”
If I tell a kiddo that he can only use yellow and blue and he starts whining? Consequence. When he finally says “Ok?” Praise, praise, praise! Then I’ll let him build for a few minutes before switching up the colors by saying, “Ok, now you can only use red and blue.” Repeat with consequence for whining/arguing/noncompliance and praise for accepting and following through. Easy!