There are considerable educational benefits to childrens teamwork exercises but dont tell them that!
The reality is, by providing a group of children with a challenge to work with, they may improve communication, leadership and problem solving skills but as far as they know, theyll just be having a whole lot of fun.
A great way to get children working as a team is to involve them in school fundraising.
In addition to promoting cohesiveness among a group, this will give the children a shared sense of purpose, as they work together to help raise funds for the improvement of their school.
By having fun together in a challenging atmosphere, children learn to apply themselves, and become incredibly motivated.
The team aspect also ensures there is no hiding place, so all children become involved and have something to contribute.
This can be hugely beneficial for quieter children, who will have the opportunity to find their special skill, and gain recognition which they may previously have shied away from.
Similarly, natural extroverts will have a positive platform for their personality, where leadership skills and creative input is very important.
Teamwork among children dramatically improves communication, and as a result, empathy.
The result can be old breaking down of barriers, new friendships are formed and children are naturally encouraged to work with others perhaps outside their day-to-day clique of friends.
This improved communication, productivity and group dynamic will have a lasting impact on a class setting.
There are many schools fundraising ideas which promote team building among kids as well as helping to generate cash for school trips, equipment and improved facilities.
Another good fundraising idea is producing your own school Christmas cards.
The team can draw on each childs talents to design, produce and sell schools Christmas cards,.
This can include ideas for themes, painting and drawing, writing of messages, marketing and selling the cards.
By involving the various skills and contributions of children, each child is celebrated individually while gaining a sense of belonging to a team.
Children benefit from an immense sense of pride in their school if they feel involved in its overall improvements.
Its also a guaranteed winner as a schools fundraising idea every parent will want to buy their childs school Christmas card.