Connection with people and Teamwork is a vital part of our society and believe it or not, you’re never too young to start learning how to work well in a group and you’re never too old to keep practicing! Here are 3 fantastic games I found that teach cooperation, leadership, focus and dependence on each other for kids of all ages!
Follow the Leader: Have kids line up one behind the other with the first kiddo as the Leader. Children behind the Leader in line must imitate what the Leader does. Encourage the Leader to be creative – even silly and make sure every child has a turn to be the Leader. This teaches kids how to pay attention, follow directions, think creatively and tap into some leadership skills.
Who Am I: This game is a great one for kiddos 8 and up. Write the names of various characters (famous people, cartoon characters etc) that the kids would know on pieces of paper, fold in half and drop in a bag, hat or other container. Have each child pick a paper but tell them not to look at it. Tape or pin the name on their back. Instruct all the kids to ask Yes or No questions to each other to guess Who they are (what name is on their back). This teaches listening and critical thinking skills, how to ask questions, how to depend on others for information.
ABC’s: This game is better for kids 12 and up. Get everyone standing in a circle facing inside the circle with their hands behind their backs. One child starts by calling out the letter A. Another continues by calling out B and so on. The object is to get all the letters called out without 2 people calling a letter at the same time. If 2 people do call out the same letter at the same time everyone starts over at letter A. This activity teaches listening skills, focus and working with a group.
Dance, theatre, sports and all kinds of other activities give us opportunities to connect with people and work together. At Jeanne's, #connection is something we value deeply. We want every dancer and family to feel connected to their teacher, our staff and other dancers they perform with. Because after all, it's really all about people connecting with people.
--Miss Amy :)
Miss Amy: I love teaching kids and watching that "A-ha!" moment happen when all the dots connect and the light bulb goes on! There's nothing better!