Cooperation in early childhood
Can you remember feeling frustrated that the parachute games did not go to plan? Children running under when the game needed holding of the chute, grabbing the shute, trampling over others etc? This is because we need to LEARN about cooperation. Whenever the parachute activity does not work I say "the parachute is not fun unless we work together" as I pack it away. I hope that they will "get it " and they will cooperate next time but also it just makes me feel better.
Next week I will try sitting down quietly without the chute and asking the kids what we need to do to make the game work. I think it is much more successful when the rules come from them.
Some parachute games and songs for you at Early Childhood Games.