Cooperative or group games are a part of Physical Fitness and Health curriculum and these games impart a long lasting effect on children, beyond our knowledge. When a child starts school, “sharing” is a new word for her, especially if she is a single child of her parents. Through Cooperative games the children learn to work as a team and to support one another in order to achieve a common objective. These games focus on building up their socialization skills and cover social aspects with a reduced emphasis on personal competition.
Group games are of grave importance for preschoolers. Their interaction with the outer word is minimal and level of understanding is at a beginner’s level. The kids learn how to take turns and being courteous. It eventually helps them developing the empathy because the underlying ethic is mutual care.
Terry Orlick, PhD, a professor in the school of human kinetics at the University of Ottawa, Canada says “cooperative games are fun” . And to enjoy a happy childhood is also every child’s human right as well. The UN declaration on the right of children to play is an open evidence of it .
Children are unaware of the competitive situations and even mutual play is a learning expereince for them. It is very unhealthy to introduce the concept of winners and losers among the preschoolers. As Marie E. Cecchini, MS has written in her article Encouraging Cooperative Play “This is not an innovative idea, though one might think so given grading systems and sports rankings that seem more concerned with where children stand among their peers. Competitive play involves “winners” and “losers.” Cooperative play is concerned with solving a problem by working together to achieve a common goal. In cooperative play, everybody wins”.
Children learn through play and they expand their physical, emotional, social, and cognitive abilities by developing the respective skills. Let them groom happily through cooperative games so they can build healthy relationships. These games allow children to interact respectfully with one another and enjoy one another’s company.