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Can You Convince Me?
Begging seems like a skill that every child masters early on: “Please, please, please let me sleep over at Sally’s house” or “Yuck, don’t make me eat my peas.” Turn the tables on these encounters by making them opportunities for the child to learn how to make a persuasive argument. Make them state their case in order to get whatever it is they want…or don’t!
Persuasive argument is a skill children will need throughout their lives and one that they are expected to master in grade school. This activity helps them develop this skill in a fun way and in a relaxed setting. The activity teaches children the different parts of a persuasive argument and strategies for making their case. It also helps children become aware and more critical of persuasive materials they see every day, from TV and magazine ads to billboards and cereal boxes.