Teaching Tweens About Teamwork

Develop skills that encourage teamwork, here's how

One of the skills every tween must master is the ability to work cooperatively with others. Teamwork is something children and adults must learn and utilize, almost on a daily basis. If you have a child who prefers to work independently or who just hasn't mastered the give and take of working in groups you might need to help him develop teamwork skills. The activities below will help your child learn that sometimes groups can overcome challenges and problem solve effectively -- and it can be fun at the same time.


Projects that Develop Teamwork Skills

Games/Board Games: Tweens can learn about teamwork all while having a little bit of fun. Board games can give tweens the opportunity to strategize together and outperform the other team. Encourage your tween to team up with friends or siblings for a game of tug-of-war, or board games such as Pictionary. There are numerous games on the market that teach cooperative skills, find a game that your child likes, divvy up the teams and have a little fun. 

Outdoor Challenges: Another fun way to learn about teamwork is through outdoor challenges. Treasure hunts are a great way for your child and his friends to work together to find items, figure out clues, and finish the challenge. Treasure hunts can be a great birthday party activity, or a team building activity for a camp, school, or Sunday school class.. 

Tackle a Project: One of the most interesting ways to encourage team cooperation is to plan and implement a large project together.

Service clubs are very good at encouraging children to tackle community needs by first figuring out the need and then developing a plan to satisfy it. Your child's school may also offer clubs or after school get-togethers that tackle large projects such as community clean up days, fundraising events or volunteer assistance.


Run a Small Business: If your tween needs to learn about team work you might also consider teaching him a little about the business world. Running a small business with a sibling or a friend is a great way to teach both. If your child and his crew decide to operate a babysitting service, lemon aid stand or dog walking business they'll have to create flyers and business cards, establish rules and procedures, and share in the rewards. You may need to offer a little practical advice to get them going, but if all goes well they'll learn about cooperation and have a little money saved to show for it. 

Plan a Vacation Together: Are you thinking about taking a trip or a long three-day weekend? Get your tween involved by asking him to research places to stay, or places to visit or dine. Delegate some of the responsibility to your child and see how much fun he has, and how much help he can be. 

Chores are a Must: If your tween isn't helping out around the house than he's missing out on what it means to be part of a family.

Contributing to daily responsibilities is what teamwork is all about, and that means jumping in whenever it's needed. Not only should your tween be tackling chores regularly, he should help without always being reminded to do so. Reward your child when he chips in and takes responsibility -- it will encourage him to continue to embrace teamwork and enjoy all of its benefits. 


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