Grade Levels: K-3

These family and homeschool activities are designed to complement the Conflict Resolution  topic page on BrainPOP Jr.

Role Play

Give your child experience in resolving conflict through role playing. Possible scenarios include resolving conflict with a bully, fixing a friendship after a fight, or disagreeing during a sport or a game. Encourage your child to role play both sides of the conflict—you play the other side and encourage them to use the three steps (calm down, share emotions, and create a solution) discussed in the movie. Then, play one scenario in which you don’t resolve the conflict. Invite a third person, such as a sibling or friend to play the part of mediator to resolve the conflict. What would someone impartial recommend?  

No Time For Conflict?

Encourage your child to move past conflict straight to resolution. If you’ve just done the role-play exercise, discuss how time spent over conflict wastes moments that could be spent playing! Sometimes we just want to make quick, impartial decisions.Talk over a few ways to settle conflicts quickly and fairly. Some quick methods to resolve conflict involve flipping a coin or playing Rock, Paper, Scissors. Try these methods of quick conflict resolution, and point out to children that this means they’ll accept these instant decisions without further conflict!

Fairy Tale Conflict Resolution

Fairy tales are full of conflict–and they don’t always have the healthiest resolutions! Read a fairy tale (e.g., “Cinderella,” “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood”) with your child, have them identify the conflict, and brainstorm ways they could better resolve the conflict than in the story. For example, maybe Goldilocks shouldn’t have walked into the bears’ house without permission. What other examples can your child think of?