4 Group Games to Improve Teamwork Skill of Your Kids

Group games for kids are fun, constructive ways to help kids get to know each other, build trust, and learn to work together. It’s important to take some time out from practice to give the kids an opportunity to bond and have some fun.

Perfect for parties, family gatherings, first days at school, summer camps, etc – there are group games listed here that your kids will enjoy! You’ll find some below that work best as indoor games, and some that are definitely for outdoors and require lots of space. We’ve got good team games here too.

1.Giant, Wizard and Elves

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Number of kids: at least 4, but best for larger groups.

How the game is played: This is a whole-body game based on Rock, Paper, Scissors. Before you begin, explain these rules to the players:

  • Giants conquer wizards. To be a giant, raise your arms high above your head.
  • Wizards conquer elves. To be a wizard, make a triangle with your arms over your head (like a wizard hat).
  • Elves conquer giants. To be an elf, place your hands alongside your ears with index fingers extended.

Divide the kids into two teams with a space of about 4 feet between them. Direct each team to retreat a few feet for a huddle to decide which they will be: giants, wizards, or elves.

In their huddles, each team decides what they will be, plus a backup choice. Then they come back to their 4-feet-apart stance. On a count of three, each team yells what they are. If one team yells “Elves!” and the other yells “Wizards!,” the wizard team will chase the elves to their safe zone (you can mark these with cones or use a tree or other found object). Anyone who is tagged becomes part of the opposing team. If both teams yell the same creature, they do it over using their backup choice.

What the game teaches: Agility, listening skills, teamwork.

2. Bottle Bowling

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Number of kids: 2, 4, or 6.

How the game is played: For this game, you’ll need several empty two-liter soda bottles and a few balls (smaller ones like tennis balls are best). Line the bottles up in a row. Divide the group of kids in half, one group standing on either side of the bottles at a distance. Each team gets a chance to try and knock down the bottles as quickly as they can. The adult times the kids and names the winner.

What the game teaches: Motor skills, teamwork.

3. Scavenger Hunt

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Number of kids: 1 to 4 (more if you are playing outside).

How the game is played: Gather some easily recognizable objects and hide them around a couple rooms of the house. Give each child a list of items to look for and clues to help them find the objects.

What the game teaches: Problem-solving, teamwork.

4. Ready, Aim, Throw!

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Number of kids: at least 4.

How the game is played: You’ll need several blindfolds and a few soft balls (foam balls are good choices). The children partner up, and one kid in each pair is blindfolded. The partner who can see leads the blindfolded partner by the arm.

The object of the game is to get the blindfolded partner to throw the ball at another blindfolded player, then to get the second blindfolded partner to pick it up and throw it at another blindfolded player. If a player is hit twice, the pair is out and heads to the sidelines to watch the game. Kids can help their blindfolded partners defend by telling them when to duck or move in a particular direction.

What this game teaches: Teamwork, listening, motor skills.

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