Books for Cooperative Play and Games

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Developing Social and Emotional Skills with Books

Cooperative Games and Sports: Joyful Activities for Everyone (2006 Human Kinetics) by Terry Orlick. Cooperative play and games provides teaching children skills for cooperation, caring and collaboration. Through cooperative play, children learn to share, to empathize with others, to be concerned about others’ feelings, to help each other, to work together to achieve a common goal, to get along better, and to enjoy each other’s company.

Children ages 9-15 can enjoy playing fun games that help them develop basic social and emotional life skills with Bernie Badegruber’s new publication, 101 More Life Skills for Children (2006 Hunter House). The author has created games that address the unique social challenges of children approaching adolescence and will allow them to develop skills that they can use throughout their life. If your program includes children in this age range, you may want to introduce them to the following game for an “I Museum” from Badegruber’s book. Example is up above in the ideas and activities…

Self-Esteem Games: 300 Fun Activities That Make Children Feel Good about Themselves

Paperback) by Barbara Sher. Purchase at starting at $7.53. The key ingredient in children’s development, emotionally, socially, and intellectually, is a strong sense of their own self-worth. The 300 games and activities in this fun book will give them just that. These joyful activities help children learn how to make friends, express feelings, trust others, accept themselves, use their imaginations, and more. The book combines upbeat, positive advice—including tips for better parenting—with step-by-step directions for each activity.

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