What's a good activity to encourage communication and cooperation in children?

Posted by Care Courses

Jun 13, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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Looking for a group activity that helps improve cooperative task completion, communication skills, and body awareness? Try “Cooperative Spider Web” from our course “Conflict Resolution in Child Care.”

You will need a ball of string and a large enough area for the children to sit in a circle.  A thicker (heavier) string will work best.

Explain to the children that you are going to make a giant spider web, but that this will only work if everyone does their part.  Have children sit in a circle (close enough together so that the children can roll the ball to one another.)

Start with one child.  Hand them the end of the string and the ball.  They should use one hand to hang onto the end and the other hand to hold the ball.  The child then rolls the ball to another child in the circle, who will also hold onto the string with one hand while rolling the ball with the other.  Continue in this manner. 

You may have to remind the children frequently to hold on, because if everyone doesn’t hold on to the string, the entire web will collapse.  Continued movement of the string will result in a web. 

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