Most schools strongly dissuade parents from allowing their child to take precious gifts and toys to school or preschool.
Teachers know too well how toys or important keepsakes can be broken or lost at school – they are just kids!
It’s devastating for the child, and often their parents, when this happens.
So it is self-preservation for all that there are strict rules around precious ‘show and tell’ items.
However, with a little planning, a child can share something precious with their school mates and bask in the delight or envy which arises!
Children love to show and share something wonderful and new, be it a puppy or the latest toy of the moment. But overexcited playmates can rough handle it, drop it or even let it find its way into someone else’s bag!
So it is important that parents think carefully about allowing their child to take things to school.
- Is it so precious and expensive that it will make others envious or so quirky that it will cause bullying? In other words, could this backfire?
- If the item is too precious, can your child bring a photo of the object?
- Provide the story behind the item so that it gives it a context and your child can make the show and tell presentation more interesting for everyone.
Give your child very strict instructions about when to take the item from their bag.
If it is very precious, prearrange with the teacher to have it placed straight in a safe place for the day. It is important to let the teacher know this item is arriving. In the child’s excitement, the toy may be taken out of the bag before school and lost, even before the first bell. It happens!!
Neither child nor parent should be disappointed if the teacher puts the toy away for the day and only lets the child have it again before home time. School is for learning and exciting toys on desks are distracting.
Toys that come to school and are shared around often mysteriously or accidentally find their way into other children’s pockets or school bags. Little children in particular, are still learning not to ‘covet their neighbour’s goods’ and may not have developed the self-restraint needed to look and admire but not pocket!
For parents, the thought that their child’s toy has been taken by another child can cause both child and parents much angst. It’s so much safer to simply have school-sanctioned play equipment and items of little value. Read also ..Someone stole my jumper – maybe, maybe not!
Still, every teacher wants their students to be happy, share experiences and stories about precious possessions.
Bringing special items to school can provide such wonderful opportunities for practising great oral language and communication. So, with a little preparation everyone can be happy and grandma’s teddy bear and even the new puppy can go to school!