1. Two line stand facing each other and become teams. 2. One player from each team, at opposite end of the line, taunt each other by bowing and calling out ÛÏHagooÛ 3. The player then walk toward and past each other without laughter or smiling, while the teams attempt to make the passer by from the opposite team burst into …Read More
30 Cooperative Games for All Ages
Foster team building and communication in your group by leading cooperative camp games. These activities may appeal to the "thinkers" in your group who prefer non-competitive activities or more cerebral challenges! The activities in this popular section give fun challenges that require thinking, communicating, and planning.
Tips for leading cooperative games:
- Create an interesting storyline. Instead of telling your group to get up on the log and balance, ask them to imagine that they are secret agents who are escaping the evil enemy and that they must wait patiently on the beam suspended 100 feet above the ground while the guards leave, etc.
- Make the rules age appropriate. Some children can do a challenge using a "quick as you can" or "world record" approach, while other groups can be challenged with blindfolds, consequences, or a "countdown clock" time challenge.
- Introduce activities that are easiest first and make them progressively harder. You want your group to experience success and fun early and be relaxed working with each other. Sometimes games that are too challenging create disinterest and frustration in the group at the start - and that's rarely good!
- Debrief the activities by discussing the different things participants did to accomplish the different steps of the activity. Call out any lessons to be learned or remembered for future challenges. For example, "You mentioned that choosing a leader made the activity go faster. How do you think that helped?"
- Most of all, have fun! If an activity was stressful for your group, throw in a quick fun activity to reset the mood before moving on to the next challenge.
One person sits a little ways away from the group, not looking at the group. You pick someone to say “Hello,” and the person’s name. Suggest that they use a different voice. The person then has to try to figure out who was greeting them.Read More
Get into a circle standing up. One person volunteers to leave the room. Hide an item on someone in the group. All help the volunteer to locate item hidden on person by singing louder or softer “How green are you” sung to “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt”: hi=close, lo=far.Read More
Divide the group into three teams, and line them up into three parallel lines. The object of the game is for the team on one side to try to get a message to the team on the other side by shouting out the message, while the third team, in the middle, tries to drown out the message by making distracting …Read More
Two Hula Hoops. Divde groups into two teams. Teams form a line and face off, with the leader of one team’s line directly facing the leader of the other teams line. (as if shaking hands at the end of a ball game). One player from each team steps forward, each with a hula hoop. At the whistle, they start to …Read More
Enough index cards for each member of the group To find the person that has the punchline to fit your joke or the joke to fit your punchline. Set-up: Write a joke on one card and a punchline on another. Be sure to mix the cards up. The number of different jokes you use is up to you. Give each …Read More
Buckets/pails filled with water. You’ll need one bucket for every five to six people. To balance the pails filled with water the longest and spilling the least Divide the group into smaller groups of five or six people. This activity can become an opportunity to ÛÏbreakÛ a world’s or camp’s record for the longest time balancing a pail of water …Read More
Two large teams Large number of balls or throwable objects Two boxes or containers To capture all of the balls in your team’s box before the other team catches theirs. Lincoln Ball 10-20 kids A large of number of balls or throwable objects Two larges containers (cardboard boxes) Starts with two teams set on each side of a mid line …Read More
Balls, bases, barrels or cans. The objective of the game is to learn how to work as a team and outscore the opponent. You need a kickball for every player on the team who is “up,” 3 or more barrels/buckets, and bases. The teams will be divided into two groups. This is similar to kickball except the only difference is …Read More
Need paper and pencil to write the animal name on to hand out. Need players willing to make animal noises. Need to be able to hear. To find your mate through identifying the matching sound and to be first. Matching Sounds Game Prior to game you will need to write on pieces of paper names of animals that make a …Read More
One person serves as the “Mother” (or Grandmother, or even Father or Grandfather). Everyone else lines up about 20 feet away from Mother and faces her. Mother starts at one end of the line and says something like, “Sarah, you may take three big steps forward.” Sarah must respond with, “Mother, may I?” Mother then says “Yes, you may” and …Read More
A sheet or tarp big enough for half of your group to hide behind. The group must know each other or be familiar with each other’s names. To learn names Split the group into two teams. Each team sits behind one side of the sheet so that they are out of the view of the other side. One person from …Read More
Pair up in groups of two and stand back to back. Make sure participants introduce themselves to one another. Then the leader will say different combinations that the group has to try to get to while staying back to back (right hand to right hand, left foot to right foot, head to head, right hand to left leg, etcÛ_). The …Read More
The children should stand in a group facing the leader. Each child should have enough room to make full “flapping” movements with their arms. The leader calls out “Ducks Fly” , “Owls Fly” , “Pigs Fly”…and so on. If the animal that is called out really does fly, the children should continue flapping their “wings”. If the anilmal is one …Read More
Blindfolds 1. Blindfold all players and gather them in a common area. 2. All players can start bumping into others asking ÛÏPrui?Û 3. If the other player answers back ÛÏPrui?Û then you have not found your Prui. 4. The group leader taps someone on the shoulder and whispers ÛÏYou are the PruiÛ 5. The Prui is a magical animal which …Read More
Teacher or leader tosses a soft ball (nerf,or similar soft ball) to first person, that person tosses it to another person, this contiues until someone speaks, that person is out. The game continues until there is only one person left, the winner!!Read More
Get the group into a circle with one blindfolded person in a chair in the center of the circle. Under the chair place a pair of keys or something that will make a little bit of noise when touched. As the facilitator pick out a person from the circle to try and get the objects. The person in the center …Read More
In this game, one person plays the Û÷stop light’ and the rest try to sneak up on them. At the start, all the children form a line about 15 feet away from the stoplight. The stoplight faces away from the line of kids and say Û÷green light’. At this point the kids are allowed to move toward the stoplight. At …Read More
Paper and pens. Laughter! Hilarious game. Works with any age group or combo of people. Need paper and pens. Have people sit in a circle. Each person starts with a blank sheet of paper and writes a sentence at the top. They pass the paper to the next person. That person “draws the sentence”, illustrating what the sentence said. Fold …Read More
Take as many film canisters as you have people. In each film canister, put an object. The objects you pick can be like the following: cotton balls, pennies, paperclips, jelly beans, m&m’s, etc. If you have 30 people and you want to divide them into three groups of 10 each, you would place a cotton ball in 10 of the …Read More
List of Words To loosen campers up as well as have them get to know each other through a really fun and fast paced activity. You start the icebreaker of by dividing the campers into groups of 5 or more. The leader yells out a word. The groups hudle up for 1 minute to pick a song that contains the …Read More
Just your imagination and teamwork! Even though I suggested 8 and up for the age range, if you do this as a big group game every age can participate! Co-operation; teamwork Divide the kids into groups of about 8-12 children. Once they’re divided, the leader shouts out a letter or number. The kids then have to get down on the …Read More
1. Gather group in a circle holding hands. 2. One of the group breaks hands with his neighbor and begins to walk around the circle on the outside, until the group forms a tight circle, giving itself a big hug. 3. After a few minutes of this, the center person will crawl under the arms of all the others. This …Read More
Have everyone in your group stand around you in some ridiculous pose. Have them freeze and memorize exactly how they are standing. Instruct them that the game never ends and that every time you say, ÛÏStand by meÛ you want them to get in this exact pose. You will be timing them and doing other things to make it fun …Read More
One to three people leave the room (depending on how large the group is, more can leave) believing that the rest of the group are creating a dream they had the night before. This is not the case. When the 1-3 people come back to the rest of the group, they will have to ask yes/no questions to figure out …Read More