There is no ‘I’ in team!
Learning to work as a team is something that many children, and even many adults, struggle with but it’s an important part of everyday life and is an area that we must work on throughout our lives.
Just as children need to be taught manners and how to sit at the dinner table appropriately, they also need to learn how to work as a team. Teachers, parents and other children are key instructors of teamwork in all areas of their lives. Because teamwork is an ongoing lesson, the age of the children, as well as the type of activity, all affect the benefit associated with learning teamwork.
Children who participate in teamwork building activities inside and outside of the classroom develop better social skills because they learn to correctly understand and respond to their peers' needs. Not only are children learning to work as a team, they're learning to actively listen and respond in a way that makes the group effort more effective.
There are many aids available to help teach children about teamwork and you might be surprised to hear where. Magazines, such as the new Hey Duggee magazine we are featuring this week, are great at getting children to complete tasks where they have to work as a team to complete. And they won’t even realise they’re learning as it’s so fun!
How do you teach your little ones about Teamwork? Comment below as we’d love to know!