While washing dishes, give your child a spoon to hold. Say, “You have a spoon!” Then hold your hand open and say, “My turn!” See if he/she will hand the spoon back to you. If he/she does, say, “Thank you!” If he/she doesn’t, give him/her another utensil and see if you and your child can trade them back and forth.
When you and your child play this game of give and take, you are helping him/her understand the back and forth of communication. He/She is using his/her skills of focus and self-control as he/she listens, watches, and follows your directions.