Turn taking games – Playgroup

turn taking playgroupPlaygroup is the perfect place for children to practice turn taking.

Did you know?

Children learn lots of different skills from practicing taking turns with other children. Pausing and giving them a chance to work things out for themselves without an adult intervening too quickly helps children learn and practice important social and emotional skills.

Add language

Talk about turn taking and “fairness” with children across playgroup activities when they need to take turns and share.

Have some books in your playgroup collection with stories about taking turns, sharing and making friends.

Other development

Keep turn times matched to the ages of your playgroup children. It is difficult for young children to exercise patience and wait for their turn. Keeping turns short will minimise conflicts. Using a big sand timer or a song to mark the passage of time will help children learn to predict when their turn will start or end.

Across the ages

All the activities listed on our “Play Ideas” page can be applied across different age groups. Check out turn taking games for babiestoddlers and children.


Activities listed under “playgroup” are suitable for groups of children of various ages. They provide opportunities for early learning and social play.