Activities that encourage teamwork are vital to young children’s growth and development. These activities encourage teamwork and make teamwork fun for young children. Try these activities at home or in the classroom.
Items needed: Beige construction paper, scissors, print outs of pizza toppings, non-toxic glue
Everyone loves pizza and young children have a blast with this activity. Cut out a large circle from construction paper to use as pizza dough. Print and cut out images of pizza toppings. Spread glue over the construction paper and allow children to paste the pizza toppings on the paper. Children work as a team to get all of the pizza toppings on the paper.
Sticky Paper Art
Items needed: Large sheets of paper or wax paper, glue and water, paper clippings, foam shapes, craft feathers, pom-poms (all items can be found at the Dollar Tree)
This activity is loads of fun for young children and encourages teamwork. Tape wax paper to a small table. Mix together a little water and non toxic glue and spread it over the paper. Provide children with plenty of foam shapes, craft feathers, pom-poms, and clippings of unused construction paper to paste on the sticky paper. When the children are done, hang the paper on the wall to dry; they’ll be excited to see their fantastic art creation on display.
Items needed: Butcher paper, tape, crayons
This activity is similar to sticky paper art but less mess. Tape butcher paper (or any type of paper you have on hand) to a table or on the floor. Let children color and scribble on the paper for as long as they wish; working together to create a mural. When they are done, hang the paper on the wall and call it your Friendship Mural. It’s a great reminder for children of how they worked together to create a work of art they’re proud of.
Scrub a dub
Items needed: soapy water, rags or paper towels, non-toxic paint
Don’t let children see you do the first step of this activity; smearing paint on tables. Afterward show children the big mess that “someone” has made. Tell them you need their help cleaning up the mess. Give them wet rags (or paper towels) with a little soap on it and allow them time to clean the tables together. Afterward give them dry paper towels to dry the tables. This activity promotes a sense of teamwork and accomplishment.
Find the Hidden Shapes
Items needed: Construction paper, marker, a shape to trace, tape
Trace a shape, several times, on a piece of construction paper; on a sheet of different colored paper, cut out the same shape. Put tape on the back of the shape cut outs and paste them on walls around the room or house. Have children search for the “hidden” shapes and paste them to the paper with the traced shapes.