Babies Walkers to 2 2s to 3s 3s to 4s

Overview and benefit

Learning social skills is an important part of every child’s and adults world. This activity encourages the children to accomplish a task by working together and sharing resources.

Equipment required

  • parachute
  • ball
  • stacking blocks
  • mats or hoops

Training Video

making friends – working together from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Working Together-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Duration

  • One to two weeks

How it works

These activities will help the children start to understand the benefits of working together and sharing resources. Choose from:

  • Ball on the Parachute
  • Circle Time
  • Building Towers
  • Don’t Let the Ball Out!
  • Islands
  • Flip the Plates

What to do in the class

Choose an activity and run as follows:-

  • Ball on the Parachute – use a large blanket or parachute. Get all the children to hold the edge and get them to work together to roll the ball this way and that.
  • Circle Time – Do a circle song with the children where they have to dance collectively. Try, She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain or the Hokey Cokey!, or you could simply put on some county type music and practice moving in the circle together.
  • Building Towers, give each child a block. Can the children in turn and build a tower together.
  • Don’t Let the Ball Out – Seat the children in a large circle with their legs apart and toes touching. Have lots of balls and get the children to roll the balls across the circle but they must use their legs to prevent any from escaping! The children must try not to leave gaps the circle.
  • Islands – Put one mat on the floor for each three children in the class. Explain that the mats are islands, when they hear music they have to swim in the sea (i.e not on a mat), when the music stops they have to stand on an island. There can be several children on each island. You can try taking mats away so more children have to share a mat. But stress that we are working together so help each other to spot free islands, or help others onto your mat.
  • Flip the Plates – Using paper plates, stick a picture, for example an animal on one side of the plate and a different picture on the other. Lay out all the plates on the floor (anyway up). Leader makes a call, for example, I want all the plates to show ducks, and the children have to run around putting the plates the right way up as fast as they can. Leader then calls for the other picture! Repeat as often as is fun!

Adaptations for older/younger children

For young babies, they must be supported between the adults legs

What to do in a nursery setting

No adaptation necessary