Some cooperation games, as well as communication games, as the name already says, are games to encourage cooperation. Whether communication games or coordination games are played with the youth group, all have one thing in common: The cooperation within the team is important, so that the whole team reaches its destination. If a group is able to communicate well with each other, to coordinate properly and everyone behaves cooperatively, then the youth group will grow and become capable of a real teamwork.
Cooperation means to cooperate with other people towards a common goal. Who does not learn that in childhood, will have it much harder later in life.
To promote the cooperation of the group members, all games are appropriate where the participants have to rely on each other or where they are dependent on each other. The best example of this is the relay race from the field of sports. Only if there is genuine cooperation and all participants are matched well together, they ultimately will reach the desired success.
What should I look out for?
It is important to make sure that the cooperation of the group members is divided equally. That means everyone should take on one passive and one active role within the team. The one who holds the active role also has the say. In other words, he is the one, telling the others what to do. The passive role is designed so that the group members carry out the instructions and thus cooperate with the active part.
Why is cooperation so crucial?
Especially later in your professional life, almost nothing goes without a degree of collaboration. Only when all employees within a company or a department pull together, a relevant target can be achieved.
But of course, cooperation can also be a lot of fun. Sports games are predestined for that. For example, think of outdoor games in summer or even water games at the lake or the sea.
- Crossed roundabout
Run around inside a figure of 8 without touching each other.
- Rope shapes
The group makes a shape using a rope while blindfolded and without talking.
- Meter stick
In this co-operation game, the whole group is only allowed to touch a meter stick with one stretched out finger.
The player lifts on leg, the group pulls the board along a little and the player puts his leg down again.
The group can build something using the materials, but speaking is not allowed.
- Bucket co-ordination
A bucket is moved with 4 ropes to fill water into a tub.
- Acid lake
An object is to get an object out of a big circle without actually stepping into the circle.
- Egg flight
Eggs drop: prepare an egg and let it fall to the ground without breaking it.
- Group Twister
The group has only so many options to touch the ground
- Save the animals
The objective is to collect as many as possible objects and link them together to a long chain. Scarves and trousers are great for it.
- Hurdle course blindfolded
The blindfolded kid has to navigate to the finishing line by listening to the clapping of the other kids.
A 1.5m high tightrope must be overstepped without touching it, while at the same time not losing physical contact with the group either.
- Letting yourself go
The kids have to catch each other.
- Balancing on benches
Balancing across a bench
- Polar expedition
Putting on as many as possible clothes.
- A walk in Space
Completing a hurdle course without stepping aside.
- Over the cord
All kids are holding hands while overstepping or crawling under a rope
- The swamp monster
Crossing the swamp (floor) just on carpet tiles.
- Building silently
No one can say a word while they are building or crafting something with the material they were given
- The raft
Building a raft from toothpicks
- Balancing a rod
In a group effort, the kids balance a rod on one finger.
One kid gets blindfolded while the other kids navigate him through a maze.
- A number game
Taking turns in counting to 30
- Order must be restored
All kids are standing on their chairs and have to regroup
- Noisy Forest
In this game, each player represents a hurdle. One kid, however, has to walk from one end of the room to the other, without touching any other kid.
- Turning the cloth
All kids are standing on a cloth which has to be turned around without anybody stepping off it
- Snake run
Telling a thrilling story while walking blindfolded through the terrain.
- Come closer
Slowly approaching one another. Learning about personal space and being able to talk about it.
- A conveyor belt with a different
Players imitate a conveyor belt
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