Children live what they learn through games and play. Through Cooperative Games and Sports, you can teach children how to play with—rather than against—each other, using 150 field-tested games and activities that are designed to build a child's self-worth through cooperation, acceptance, inclusion, and fun.
The premise of cooperative games is that everybody wins and everybody has fun. With activities like cooperative musical chairs, partner gymnastics, and math and spelling games, children learn valuable concepts, plus you aren't left scrambling for expensive equipment in the process. These versatile games allow you to adapt the rules, equipment, and number of players to your own participants' capabilities and to different physical settings. You'll also find a chapter dedicated to teaching you how to create your own games.
Cooperative Games and Sports shifts the focus from the outcome of a game to the experience of playing it. With instructive photos and straightforward terminology, it is your guide to building positive interactions that teach children—and adults—the value of playing simply for the sake of playing.
Resources for preK-5 teachers physical education and classroom teachers, after school and recreation leaders, child-care providers, and parents.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Who Needs Cooperative Games?
Chapter 2. Games for Children Ages 3 Through 7
Chapter 3. Games for Children Ages 8 Through 12
Chapter 4. Games for Preschoolers
Chapter 5. Remaking Adult Games
Chapter 6. Cooperative Games From Other Cultures
Chapter 7. Creating Your Own Games and Evaluating Your Success
Chapter 8. A New Beginning: Turning Ideas Into Positive Action