Team Building & Cooperation in Children's Games

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Certain children's games are great for teaching values like team building and cooperation. Find out about team building and cooperation in children's games with help from a longtime and dedicated educator in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Tina Gutierrez-Brewster. I'm an English teacher. And today, I'll be discussing with you certain team building and cooperation activities that you can play with children. Now, when you're building teamwork exercises, they are a lot of the go-to ones that we all know from when we're younger. One of the ones that is a favorite of a lot of teachers is to play Follow the Leader. And, in this game, is pretty common, you assign one student to be the leader, and then the other students in the class will follow that student around in terms of physical action. So, if the student raises his or her hands, then all the other students have to raise their hands. Pretty basic, but it gets everybody moving, and they can do some pretty silly stuff, and it's pretty fun. Second thing you can do is play a game of Tug of War or Tug-o-War. Tug-o-War is where you just have the rope in between two groups of students, and you can have, whether it's two students on one side, or five to 10 students on one side, can make it as big as you want, or you can have the two teams try to pull the rope to see who can get the center ball or flag or whatever to their side. That kind of stimulates a lot of cooperation, and they like to play it because they want to compete and win. Third game, which is a favorite of mine, is called All Tangled Up. Now, Tangled Up is pretty easy to set up. You don't need any materials. You just have the students stand around in a circle. Sometimes, you'll need to break down the groups if you have a large classroom, about five to eight students in each group. They all put their hands out, and then they have to grab each other's hand. So, every person must have somebody else's hand, but they don't want to have the same hand. So, Mikey and Sally can't be grabbing both of their arms. So, they reach in the center, they grab different hands, and the point of the Tangled Up exercise is to have each student without letting go of their hands to try to maneuver themselves to escape from the tangled mess and become one big circle. Now, what's interesting about this game is that there is always a way to have one big circle at the end. No matter how they put their hands together, cross them this way or that way, they can maneuver themselves, so that way they end up in one big circle. The final thing you can play is called Three Things, also called One Truth Two Lies, or you can switch it around to do Two Truths One Lie. And, essentially what the students do is they thing of three things. One thing can be - if you're doing One Truth Two Lies - you're doing one truth about themselves. So, I really like to ride bicycles. And, the other two things have to be lies. I have jumped out of a plane, or I have ice skated before. And, what the students go around doing is trying to guess which one is the truth, which one is the lie. And, that kind of helps them, at least as an icebreaker, to get to know each other, and that's always good for cooperation. With those four things, hopefully you can get a little bit of cooperation, some team building going on in your classroom or your home. And, once again, my name is Tina Gutierrez-Brewster. I'm an English teacher. Thank you for joining me today.


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