It’s a given when playing football, basketball or ice hockey: to beat your opponent, you have to work as a team. And so-called soft skills are also more important than ever in working life. You won’t get far nowadays without demonstrating your flexibility and ability to cooperate and interact with others.
Becoming a teamplayer through play
Even young kids can now start acquiring these skills through play. Tasks and problems can be solved through communication and discussion. Children have to talk a great deal with each other for this, consider other people’s points of view and also make some compromises. After all, we need to work together to win!
Toy Trend 2018: Team Spirit
The Team Spirit trend fosters a sense of community through play and helps children develop their social skills.
In “EXIT: The Game - The Abandoned Cabin” from Kosmos, the players need to use their powers of deduction, team spirit and creativity to crack codes and solve puzzles in order to free everyone from the cabin. Will they or won’t they escape? This game for advanced players aged 12 and older was named “2017 Expert Game of the Year”.
Team work and concentration are needed with the balancing plate from Eduplay. The four players pull on the rope to keep the ball on the balancing plate. This is harder than it sounds. The team members have to communicate well with one another and coordinate their movements to avoid dropping the ball.
A mean dragon has trapped the princess in a tower. The prince and his friends rush to her aid. They have to use their good memories and work together skilfully to rescue the princess before the dragon brings the tower crashing down. Dragon Tower from Haba is an exciting cooperation game for two to four children aged five and older.