“A child’s greatest achievements are possible in play, achievements that tomorrow will become her basic level of real action.” – Vygotsky –
“What the child is able to do in collaboration today he will be able to do independently tomorrow.” – Vygotsky –
“… it involves a kind of “scaffolding” process that enables a child or novice to solve a problem, carry out a task or achieve a goal which would be beyond his unassisted efforts. This scaffolding consists essentially of the adult “controlling” those elements of the task that are initially beyond the learner’s capacity, thus permitting him to concentrate upon and complete only those elements that are within his range of competence.” – Wood, D., Bruner, J. S., & Ross, G. –
“Reduce or simplify the number of steps required to solve the problem so the child can manage them, maintain the child’s interest in pursuing the goal, point out the critical features that show the difference betweeen the child’s performance and the ideal performance, control frustration, and demonstrate the idealized version of what the child is doing.” – Wood, D., Bruner, J. S., & Ross, G. –
taking baths (son was an alligator in a swamp trying to catch fish), doing chores (he was a conductor of a train while helping to spread seeds),
Lastly, the Vygotskian approach suggests playing GAMES with your kids: Simon Says, Freeze, Follow the Leader, Red Rover, Duck, Duck, Goose, soccer, baseball, and other such games with rules help children develop self-regulation.