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 :)
When you’re part of a team being successful is great but loving your teammates, being able to work together AND be successful is the BEST! The old phrase “There’s no I in TEAM” holds true. While everyone individually should do their part it takes the whole team working and connecting together that brings the joy. Because let’s face it, you’re going to win some and lose some. What better place to be in both instances than with friends who have been there with you all the way?
Our auditions for Willy Wonka Jr. are coming up this Friday and while we are super excited to see individually what everyone can bring to the performance, the magic happens throughout the year as the whole cast blends together and becomes connected as a team.
Help your kids get ready for auditions by reminding them that a single character’s number of lines, solos and time on stage won’t be enough alone to put on a show. An entire cast of characters (big, small and in between) who support each other, work together and value the cast as a whole will bring to life a show like no other!
We can’t wait to see this #connection and teamwork grow this year in our Musical Theatre class. If you’d like to be part of our Musical Theatre Co. or have questions about our classes and programs – which all inspire #connection, click the link below.
Teamwork, connection and good sportsmanship are essential qualities to develop in order to become a successful adult. But how do you teach a 5 year old to be a “team player?” This is something we’re working on in our house – every day it seems! With 5 boys there’s a lot of competitiveness to be right, to get attention, to win, to be first. You name it and boys will compete about it! So in trying to inspire them to work together and support each other as a team, we’ve focused on 3 ideas.
We all feel disappointed when we lose. It stinks. But with the right attitude you can turn that stinky moment into motivation to learn more, strategize better, and work harder so next time you end up on the other side of the hand shake!
At Jeanne’s, we want to instill a sense of teamwork and connection in every class. Babies as young as 2 years old take turns and help clean up. Adults cheer each other as they master new skills. No matter your age, we’re all rooting for YOU! See the difference teamwork and #connection makes at Jeanne’s!
--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!