Team games – a powerful tool for social skills
Man is socially active by nature. Children are no exception. According to one of the child development experts, Maslow , children and adults generally have different needs.
Here are some of them:
- Physiological needs / air, water, sleep, food, clothes, shelter /
- Safety needs / personal safety, health, personal accessories /
- Social needs / belonging, love, friendship /
- Needs for belonging / respect, self-realization, social status /
- Need for self-realization / personal, spiritual development /
Play as an activity fulfills a person’s higher needs , such as social needs, the need for belonging, and the need for self-realization . It provides opportunities for friendships, belonging, love, self-realization, personal development.
That’s why we at LuckyKids Summer Language Camp pay special attention to games as part of our children’s upbringing.
What focus are they on?
Each game is important for the mood, cohesion and group affiliation of the children. A game, at a time of declining emotional energy, such as moving away from home and parents, is a means of overcoming stress and sadness.
The game creates pleasant sensations, involves the child in activities that are physically or mentally stressful and thus makes him busy with activities that require concentration and activity.
During these games, the brain is active and busy with enjoyable and challenging activities. That’s why kids who generally love challenges feel happy and busy.
Creating easy to manage, positive “stress” leads to the suppression of negative experiences and feelings.
The game is a kind of interaction. We interact with each other all our lives. Interaction is the experience that we and the children have when we are together for something, with a purpose.
The quality of the interaction is often hidden from others, not as it is for those currently involved. As the game progresses, children become independent.
The game is a natural form of expression for them, it is pleasant and voluntary. Children develop their imagination and creativity while playing . They develop, learn and socialize through play.
Play and creativity are one of the most important driving forces for man. Children play because they want to. The games cover the needs of belonging, improvement, self-determination / what and how to play /.
Kids also improve in play , where they are allowed to try, succeed, or fail. In the game, children create order in their environment. They sort and play out experiences and get feedback from other players in the gaming community.
The game also gives children an idea of the culture and traditions, of different rules of society, of activities related to traditional art or outdoor games that are passed down from generation to generation.
Socialization develops in relationships and interaction. We play through others and get feedback on our behavior and social competence. This socialization happens throughout our lives, consciously or unconsciously.
However, it starts in the game, during childhood. In the game, children practice in the adult world, solve problems, prevent conflicts, and gain competence for inclusion and rejection. These are important social skills that they need in addition to life.
There, children can decide for themselves, express their opinions / self-affirmation / and make their own choices , which are important for their self-esteem and sense of integrity.
By collaborating with others, children develop the ability to:
- empathy / empathy /
Types of group games that are present during the camp
Games can be many types, such as:
- role-playing and others
At LuckyKids we organize team games , which can be sports, competition or games to unite groups / teams / and others.
Part of the play complex are themed parties, where all children can play role-playing games – to play a different role, can participate in group games for a specific purpose.
These are games such as folk ball, volleyball, football, team or individual / in pairs / badminton.
The above mentioned sports games are also competitive in nature. In addition, we often organize competitive games that are educational and didactic. They take place during the training blocks, during the project training period.
These can be:
- fact-finding games and interesting details on a topic
- word games
- meaning guessing games
- word and phrase memorization games and more
Group Cohesion Games
They are usually played at the beginning of the camp shift, during a special evening dedicated to dating and cohesion. They are needed to create a friendly atmosphere and interaction between strangers and children.
Often during these games, the campers depend on each other for their performance, or the victory of the team depends on them.
This is a strong factor in taking responsibility for group well-being , as well as one of the strongest motivational means to participate in the collective life of the camp.
Games for fun and courage, endurance and resourcefulness
Truth or Dare is one of the most popular games among campers. We organize an evening that we associate with a themed party. All children participate in the games with a choice. The decision is theirs, depending on what the team decides.
Another type of team game is , in which one team needs to carry water with a spoon from one end of the room to the other, or pass a balloon from participant to participant, without the balloon touching the ground and much more.
We have all played such games and the feeling of victory and result is unique. Such games charge emotionally, make us part of the team and bring satisfaction.
When a team is already formed and acts as one, like a well-oiled machine, there is almost no challenge that it cannot handle.
For us, collectivity or collective mutual aid is one of the main virtues in the system through which we train our campers.
Collaboration is important for children and their future lives. The society in which we live, the future, are determined by the extent to which a person can fit into the team, the group, the society.