Tools of the Mind: Play Plans

Tools of the Mind is a program implemented in some pre-schools and kindergarten that was found to be very effective in helping children develop self-control which we all know is a strong predictor of future success. But that’s not all. Tools of the Mind also improves behaviour – which is really what I’m after for G2 at this point in time.

Creating a Play Plan

One of the activities that the children do in Tools of the Mind is to create a play plan. It’s been a while since we last did one. In fact, I think the last time we created a play plan, G2 was still too young to participate. So I got the boys to make a play plan today and this was what they came up with…

G1’s Play Plan: Today I am going to have a picnic and go camping.


And he did… with all his soft toys.


G2’s Play Plan: Today I am going to fight a monster. In case you can’t decipher the picture, the brown blob is G2 and the blue blob is the monster. The orange line is his whip – like in Zorro. I wrote the words for him after he told me what it was that he was going to do.


And that’s exactly what he did – or at least tried to do. Except the monster was his brother who didn’t appreciate being bopped on the head. Whoops.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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