In the preschool classroom, life is all about learning how to work with others and this is an especially challenging proposition for young children. To promote teamwork or the three C’s (communication, collaboration, and cooperation) in a fun and inviting way, I like to come up with creative games or art activities that my students can do together…
Of course, as young children play in dress-up or blocks, they are naturally building their skills for cooperation, communication, and collaboration but for today, I thought I would share some activities that I prepared for the children to do together so that we could spend time focused on working together as a team…
Large Group Maze
Mrs. Courtney created this amazing maze in a large box for us and the children explored the maze both as a class and with partners. The goal was to get the car or marble from one end of the maze to the other by working together to move the box up and down or side to side….
Bouncing Balls and Boxes
In this activity, the children had to roll the ball around the box or try and keep it centered in the middle of the box by once again, working together to tilt the box or hold it steady…
Parachute play is all about teamwork. Lifting the parachute up and down all together so that we can make the balls fly high off the chute requires us to count together, lift together, and not let go of our part of the parachute in the process…
Large Group Murals
Working together to color, paint, or in some way create something together also gives us the opportunity to promote the three C’s. While the children were coloring in the big circle, they had to communicate with each other about any spaces that still needed colored in, work together to color side by side, and make decisions on the direction or style of coloring they chose to do along the way. I noticed that by coloring together, the children also modeled for each other different coloring techniques or preferences…
Circle Songs and Games
And of course, lots of games or songs where we gather together to enjoy activities like “The Farmer and the Dell” are an important part of building community and teamwork…
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