Today’s technology dominated environment can be very stressful and harmful for children. Those who attend a preschool or a day care center love to spend time watching their favorite shows on television or playing games. These are not healthy signals for preschoolers. They should be using their time at preschool learning to socialize and enjoying exercises or outdoor activities.
If you observe children, you will notice that they often keep to themselves and do not want to come out of their shell to mingle with people. Preschools can definitely help children actively participate in team building activities which can help kids succeed in the future.
Benefits of Team Building Through Game Activities
Children, especially those under 12,are very curious and enthusiastic. They want to know lot of things about this world. It’s the perfect time to infuse team building skills in them. Preschools can organize group games for this purpose. It will benefit the preschoolers in the following ways-
- Enhance the spirit of co-operation
- Improves social skills
- Improve communication skills
Preschools throughout the US should include team building activities in their agenda and put their best possible effort forward for the benefit of children. If done properly, parents will get to see their children grow and make friends.
Some popular team building games are-
- Touch Blue – .This activity requires a group of 6 people minimum In this game, all the participants are supposed to find an item in the room that resembles the color announced by the organizer and touch it. The game takes an interesting turn when the organizer calls out different colors.
- Traffic Lights – At least 8 children are needed to play this game. The group of children must follow the traffic light command given by the organizer, such as green for run and red for stop. Those who do not follow the right command are out of the game. The organizer can make the game more exciting by giving other uncommon traffic commands.
- Body Parts – This game requires a minimum of 10 people there for participation. The group is supposed to walk normally till the organizer of the game names a body part and a number. For example- no.3 for knees. When the number is called out, participants are expected to react and find others to obey the command. This game encourages children to engage in teamwork and improves their listening skills.
Preschools should use games like these to make children understand the importance of group work which will benefit them in the future and make them into more mature and balanced individuals.
First School is a leading preschool in California. Our goal is to help children grow into strong and mature individuals. We do promote team building skills for preschoolers as a part of our curriculum. For more information, please call us at (760) 799-2910.
Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and child care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.