Cooperative Games for Counselors
I've recently been introduced to the concept of the cooperative game. We are all used to the typical, competitive game. I use many of them in my counseling office - Sorry, Chutes and Ladders, and Uno are on constant rotation. So what's a cooperative game? A cooperative game is one where the players work together for a common purpose. We are big fans in our household and I've recently been thinking about how we can use some of our favorites in a school counseling setting.
Feed the Woozle
The box says ages 1-6, but it should say 1-100. This is a favorite in all generations of my family. The game can be made harder or easier depending on skill and would be a great game to play with special needs students, younger students, or as an ice breaker for older kids. What's a Woozle? The woozle is the monster and players must carry snacks to him on a spoon while dancing, spinning, hopping or some other crazy movement.
Skills: turn taking, frustration tolerance, gross motor, cooperation
Hoot Owl Hoot
In Hoot Owl Hoot, players work together to use strategy to get all of the owlets in the nest before the sun rises. You can use fewer owls for younger kids and more owls for older kids. Some real strategy is needed in order to actually get all the owls to the nest.
Skills: turn taking, voicing opinion, handling disagreements, leadership, decision making with a group, strategy
Great for your dinosaur experts! The goal is to get all the dinosaurs off dinosaur island before the volcano explodes. The cool part? The volcano is a 3D cardboard volcano you build as you play. Mostly a game of chance, there is some simple strategy involved that is helped by everyone helping each other.
Skills: turn taking, memory, supporting other's play, impulse control
What games have you used in your office? Have you ever used cooperative games? I am in love. I'm eyeing this one and this one. This one fits right in with lesson plans you may already have.
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