“Please,” “thank-you,” “you’re welcome,” and “excuse me.” Most of us would agree these words are a good place to start when teaching kids courtesy. But, have you tried getting a pre-schooler to use their manners? In the right context? It can take a lot of reminding, cajoling and encouragement! And I’d like to bet you’ve experienced this scenario for yourself, or heard a similar story: A little boy burps at the dinner table and is immediately prompted by his embarrassed mum: “Ollie! What do you say?” Only for him to reply proudly, “Thank you!”
So, Scratch Garden made a simple, catchy song, and set it to an upbeat little tune to help you out. Because that’s what we do best. We also added our very own brand of humour to ensure our teaching manners video for kids really sticks in their mind. We don’t want to spoil the ending for you but we made a visual example of using ‘excuse me’ with someone breaking wind. (Don’t worry, we made sure to give him an embarrassed face.)
If that doesn’t get most children smiling, giggling, sniggering or laughing – and implant this video firmly in their minds – then we don’t know what will.
Teach Kids About Manners in Context
This is how our teaching kids and ESL about manners video works. We show real examples of when to say, “please,” “thank you,” and “you’re welcome” We don’t mean when you give them a sandwich or tie their shoe laces, because that’s not really going to work with kids. No, the context here is a purple present with a yellow ribbon, chocolate cake with pink filling, and an orange balloon-dog at a birthday party. Come on, what’s not to love? If you’re a kid, the answer to that question is most definitely, “nothing!”
Our video shows kids and young ESL learners that it is polite to say, “excuse me” when you bump into someone, raise your hand to speak, or you sneeze. We mean one of those sneezes that are so intense that your yellow party hat pops off and you fall over.
If you’re looking for resources to teach kids or ESL students manners, take a look at our video here. We think it will get you smiling and it will help demonstrate courtesy to kids in a way in which they can relate.
Watch the video now
Click the video above and take a look. You’re welcome.