Let’s Play! Cooperative Games in Early Childhood Programs, by Suzanne Lyons
This webinar is hosted by Early Childhood Investigations
There is wide consensus that developmentally appropriate education for young children incorporates play-based learning. But play is more than free play, outdoor play, and dramatic play! Game play is also fun and enriching. In fact, you may already use many kinds of games in your classroom. But are all the games you offer aligned with developmentally appropriate practice? Research reveals competitive games can have negative effects on classroom climate and children’s behavior. Conversely, cooperative games (games based on cooperation rather than competition) have the opposite effect. They have been demonstrated to increase kindness, teach cooperation, and foster a variety of pro-social behaviors both during and after game time.