The Kolbe IF for Kids Index: Observer's Estimate of Actions:

Every child is born with natural abilities. Kids are perfectly capable of solving their own problems – and getting what they want. Your reflection on how a child naturally acts, reacts and interacts will provide insight into these instinctive drives. Awareness of innate strengths will help you nurture them and manage behaviors when a child doesn't have the freedom to act according to his or her free will.

In Section One, there are two responses for each of the 24 questions – MOST and LEAST. For each item, fill in the circle for the one response (A, B, C, or D) which best describes how you MOST often observe the child acting and then one response which best describes the LEAST often used process. Think about how the youngster has acted over a period of time, rather than focusing on one event. If you find it difficult to recall specific methods this kid uses, you are not alone. Observing instincts in action is a new way of identifying positive traits. It will help to interact with the child for a few days after reading all of the items, then go back and complete the Kolbe Kid Index.

In Section Two, there is one answer for each statement – YES, MAYBE, and NO. Fill in the circle on the form which correctly goes with each statement. No one can know exactly what goes on in another person's head. It is important to validate the actual MO (modus operandi) of this youngster when he or she is able to complete the Kolbe Youth™ Index.


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Section One: Complete the statements
Provide information about the child you are observing. *
What is the child's ... *
* The information gathered above is for research purposes only and will not be made available to third parties.
Each question requires two answers.
Select one MOST answer and one LEAST answer.

1. When drawing or describing, this kid will try to
Most Least
show shadows or dimensions
be realistic
fill the page
use lots of color

2. When building this kid will make something
Most Least
according to directions
that works, or can be smashed

3. When told to hurry, this kid will
Most Least
keep going at a steady pace
take it on as a challenge and go faster
justify doing it in an exact way
not pay much attention to the time it takes

4. When getting a new toy or game, this kid's first action is to
Most Least
examine it in detail
check out what it includes
fool around with it
try to take it apart

5. When something breaks, this kid will try to
Most Least
use it another way
rebuild it
set it aside
figure out why it broke

6. When watching TV or a video, this kid will
Most Least
be holding or moving things
talk about what's happening
need to see it to the end
rate how good it is

7. When playing, this kid will naturally
Most Least
line up toys or sort them
stack or build
discover new activities
observe what others are doing

8. When making a gift or decoration, this kid will
Most Least
ask questions
add layers or thickness
do something unexpected
make a pattern

9. When making a choice, this kid will be
Most Least

10. When getting ready to go somewhere, this kid will
Most Least
find something to carry along
wait until the last moment
need information on what's happening
follow the routine

11. When learning something new, this kid asks for
Most Least
time frames

12. When telling a story, this kid will
Most Least
make it up
give the sequence of events
give precise explanations
act it out

13. When playing a game or sport, this kid will
Most Least
charge right in
get very physical
establish a routine
justify actions

14. When reacting to music, this kid will
Most Least
try to sing the right words or tune
use a lot of body movements
try to be entertaining
repeat the whole song several times

15. When showing or telling about something, this kid will
Most Least
show how to use it
display it well
give interesting facts about it
sell others on how terrific it is

16. When this kid is frustrated, it is because of not
Most Least
being free to take a risk
having consistency
having enough time
getting enough information

17. When fearful, this kid will need to
Most Least
stick to the plan
know what's happening
try unique solutions
try to build protection

18. When searching for something important that is lost, this kid will
Most Least
retrace where it was last seen
check out the most likely places
move things around to look
look in odd places

19. When sorting things, this kid will do it by
Most Least
what came together

20. When doing a puzzle or matching pieces, this kid will first fit
Most Least
shapes that fit together
the brightest pieces
pieces of the main object
the frame of the picture

21. When describing a place, this kid will
Most Least
try to show you
tell where it is, or when they were there
compare it to other places
talk about what's different about it

22. When answering, "what do you want to do," this kid will
Most Least
explain the answer
give short or few responses
suggest something new or different
give an order to events

23. When there is plenty of time, this kid will
Most Least
finish ahead of time
not pay attention to the time
ask how much time is left
work steadily and use all of the time

24. When doing a project, this kid will
Most Least
see if the materials are in good shape
use instructions, or get help using them
line everything up so they are ready to use
change it several times

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