Children’s Session – Working Together
Jigsaw – work together to complete the picture.
Jenga – rather than competing against one another, work together to create the tallest tower possible.
Marshmallows/Spaghetti tower – work together to build a tower using the spaghetti and marshmallows.
Game: Hula Hoop Circle
How quickly can you pass the hula hoop around the circle. The children stand in a circle with their feet touching the person beside them and holding the hand of children on either side of them.
Game: Group Balloon Protect
Split the children into equal groups. Give each group on balloon that the group have to huddle round and protect. The aim of the game is to burst the other groups’ balloons while protecting your own.
Challenge: Tower Building
Give each group a stash of newspaper and cellotape and 5 minutes to build the highest tower that is able to stand on its own.
Memory Verse Jigsaw
Print the following verses onto card twice and create a jigsaw. Cut out the pieces. Split the children into two groups and make it a race to see who can complete the jigsaw first.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one of them falls down, the other can help them up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
- Is two people working together always better than working on your own?
- Can you recall a time where you worked as part of a team?
- Why do we sometimes prefer to do things on our own?
- What’s the hardest thing about working with others?
- What are some of the ways we can help others?
Split the children into two teams. Adults can join in for this one. Each team has a white sheet that they hold onto and have to catch the egg with. How many times can the two teams get the egg back and forth without dropping it. First few goes with a rubber egg. Then try it with a real one.
Craft/Challenge: Marble Run
Split the children into teams and give them the challenge of creating their own marble run using a selection of junk items. (e.g. cardboard tubes, egg boxes, cartons, paper plates). The winning group will be the one that has the longest run with the marble completing the journey from the start to the finish.
The review can happen at the time or later – it can be done individually or as part of a team.
Some useful questions to help volunteers consider and learn from the session include:
- Has each child been able to participate in their own way?
- What went well and why?
- Has each child been able to reflect on the challenges and benefits of working together?
- What is there for you to learn from this session?
- What might you do differently another time?
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