Use stories or puppets to model and role-play children’s challenging social situations in order to look for possible solutions.


Tell a story or act out using toy figures or puppets a situation relevant to the students. Encourage the students to make suggestions for how the characters can act next.

By doing this, students are more likely to see a situation from other perspectives and engage more readily in resolving conflicts. By giving the child some distance  from a situation, they may be able to see more clearly how their actions are contributing to a problem.

This could be used for individual or group social learning, or could be taken to a local and global level, in order to role play conflicts in the real world.

Further Reading:


Michigan State University – Once Upon a Social Story

Scholastic Choices – A Roleplay Activity to Teach Conflict Resolution

Radford College – College Life Scenarios – 7 Reasons Social Studies Teacher Should Use Role Playing Simulations

Created by Sarah Metzger
Reviewed by Louis Olander

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