With an emphasis on teamwork and cooperation, these fun group activities will have kids working and playing together for hours! Try a few at your next play group or birthday party, choose one to add in to circle time in your classroom, or use them as ice breaker activities for camps and other kids’ groups.
Storybook Drawing: A cooperative arts and crafts activity that has kids working together to build their own creative masterpiece!
Who’s Missing: See if your children can guess who has left the room is this great game for enhancing visual perceptual and social skills. No peeking allowed!
Blind Play: How many times have you told your kids to “turn on their listening ears?” This activity makes learning to listen fun as kids explore their environments while taking turns being blindfolded!
Rabbit Hole: Run away from the fox and into the rabbit hole in this challenging game of motor control and motor planning that also emphasizes the concept of personal space!
Partner Painting: In this activity, fine motor and visual motor skills are working hard as friends take turns being the leader to create a masterpiece!
Mirror, Mirror: This activity can be as simple as it can be challenging. Children try to mimic each other’s body positions as if they are looking in a mirror! Great for body awareness, direction following, social skills and more!
Obstacle Course: A twist on the traditional obstacle course, this one involves holding hands! Can partners make it through motor challenges without letting go?
Create Your Own Rollercoaster: Grab a sheet and take a ride! The simplest motor activity with great developmental benefits!
Wacky Relay: A relay race turned on its head! Can kids carry a ball cooperatively using only their index fingers? Kids will love teh fun twists in this team game!
Friendship Chain: Have your child think about what a being a good friend means as they create a friendship chain that can count down a visit with a favorite playmate.
Partner Yoga: Building muscle is fun with this set of yoga poses that children can do together.
Trace Me: Children trace each other and fill in distinguishing characteristics of themselves and their friends in this activity that addresses fine motor skills, social skills, body awareness, and more!
DIY Friendship Bracelets: This is a great activity to help kids get to know each other by telling a little bit about themselves as they make a cool bracelet.