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Cooperative activities are those where 1 or more students have to work together in order for the activity to work.

These are all the activities with the activity type tag "Cooperative." There are a total of 35 Cooperative activities.

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Name Description Activity Type Age Range Presentation Style Subject Keywords
Animal charades Animal charades is a circle game where students have to quickly strike an animal pose. Circle
Cooperative
Rainy day
5-8 (grades 1-2) active
interactive
student led
Art attack Art attack is a competitive art game. Teams of students have to create a structure in a set amount of time. Teams are given based based on teamwork, name of their art, and the story about their art. Art
Cooperative
Nature
Team building
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led
art
creative story telling
Artdeckia Students create their own pokemon like cards, but the art is relevant to your topic (e.g., space cards for astronomy week, recycling cards for earth keepers week). They battle each others cards. Art
Cooperative
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led
Bat mother smelling game Students will each be given a smell. Some students will be moms and some will be babies. The blindfolded moms must try to find their babies based on smell alone. Cooperative
Nature
Science
Team building
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
active
interactive
model
student led
mammals
baby animals
scent
bats
mammals
baby animals
scent
bats
Big booty Big booty is a game where you get to say "big booty." Everyone sings a song about Big Booty and then each person has to count to the rhthym. Did I mention that you get to say "booty?" Circle
Cooperative
Ice breaker
Team building
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led
Biggest fan Students play a huge game of rock paper scissors where the loser has to support the person they lost to. Cooperative
Team building
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
18+ (adult)
student led
Birthday line up Everyone has to line themselves up in their birthday order without talking with each other. Cooperative
Team building
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
active
interactive
student led
Black magic One person "mind reads" which object their partner picked. Students guess how the two people are able to communicate without talking Circle
Cooperative
Rainy day
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
18+ (adult)
65+ (senior)
interactive
Build fairy houses Create small structures out of natural materials found on the ground. Art
Cooperative
Hike
Quiet
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
active
student led
designs in nature
habitats
art
Camp flag Students come up with their group name and then create a flag to represent them. Cooperative
Team building
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led
Captain's coming Captain's Coming is a simon says type game for pirates! Arrrr! This game has commands like swab the deck! Swim to ship! Man overboard! and many other swashbuckling commands. It's ARRRmazing! Cooperative
Pirate
Rainy day
Transitional
Wear out
all ages active
interactive
pirates
Cd star size comparison CD star size comparison lets students compare the size of common large stars to our sun. The model uses common materials such as a CD and a hula hoop Astronomy
Cooperative
Science
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
18+ (adult)
active
interactive
model
student led
astronomy
stars
star size
planets
earth
jupiter
sun
star
diameter
yellow star
red giant
super red giant
Chocolate river Teams have to cross a dangerous chocolate river by stepped over marshmallow stepping stones. The stepping stones must be anchored down or they will float away! There must be teamwork. Cooperative
Team building
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
18+ (adult)
active
interactive
student led
Dodge person It's tag, but you run away in a lot of funny ways. Cooperative
Tag
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
active
interactive
student led
Empire Each participant secretly tells the leader their silly nickname. Each participant gets to guess everyone else's nickname. If guessed, they must be a part of the guesser's empire. Bus
Cooperative
Rainy day
all ages interactive
Fire tender Try to take sticks away from a blindfolded person without them hearing you! Cooperative 5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
active
interactive
student led
Fruit basket turnover Fruit basket turnover is like musical chairs. There are a few groups each with a fruit name. The person who is it calls out a fruit and that fruit group has to get up and find a seat. The person who couldn't find a chair is now IT. Circle
Cooperative
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
active
interactive
student led
Heads up seven up Kids guess which of seven people tapped their thumb while they had their eyes closed. Cooperative
Quiet
Rainy day
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
interactive
student led
Is that you? This is hide is seek at night with a focus on night time animal adaptations. Children learn how to adapt nocturnal prey and as nocturnal predators. Cooperative
Hike
Nature
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
active
interactive
student led
adaptation
nocturnal
nocturnal
night vision
camouflage
predator
prey
Jobs for kids A list of jobs and responsibilities for kids. This isn't technically an activity but it's a way to help kids feel comfortable and give them a role in the group. Cooperative
Team building
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
student led
Making paper Students will make paper using items in nature and old, used paper. Art
Cooperative
Nature
Rainy day
Recycling
Science
all ages interactive recycling
reducing
reusing
Marco polo One person closes their eyes and says "Marco!" Everyone else responds "Polo!" The Marco person must tag a Polo person without looking. The tagged person becomes the new Marco person. Classic game. Cooperative
Tag
Water
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
active
interactive
student led
bats
mammals
echolocation
Oh dear Half the group are deer and the other half represent resources. If the deer's needs match the resources, then the resource gets "eaten" by the deer and thus becomes a new deer! Cooperative
Nature
Science
Team building
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
active
interactive
model
student led
habitat
survival
resources
shelter
People to people People to people is a team builder / icebreak. The leader calls out commands like "knee to knee" and students have to touch each others knees. Hilarity ensues. Cooperative
Ice breaker
Team building
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
active
interactive
Pill Bug Races / Mazes Students will see how fast pill bugs move in "races" and create mazes for pill bugs to navigate. Arthropod
Cooperative
Rainy day
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
active pill bugs
arthropods
pill bugs
mazes
races
arthropods
Poison dart frog Kids sit and circle and figure out who is the poison dart frog Circle
Cooperative
Rainy day
3-5 (PreK-K)
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
interactive
student led
frogs
amphibians
poison
Psychology experiments Students will perform some basic psychology experiments including the stroop effect, social pressure, selective attention, 2 point discrimination and spotting fake smiles. Cooperative
Science
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
18+ (adult)
65+ (senior)
interactive
student led
psychology selective attention
social pressure illusions
nerves
Salt and pepper A pool relay game with two teams. One team swims over, while another team swims under each other. The persons who reach the opposite sides first win the game. Cooperative
Water
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
18+ (adult)
active
student led
Sharks and minnows Students are minnows that are trying to cross an ocean. A shark tries to tag them. If the minnow is tagged, they become seaweed that can either help the minnows or the shark. Cooperative
Tag
Water
Wear out
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
18+ (adult)
active
interactive
student led
Stick in a box Designate boundaries and tell children that you're going to hide a stick within those boundaries. Actually put the stick behind your right ear. See who notices first. Think OUTSIDE the box! Get it? Cooperative
Team building
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
active
interactive
Tail tag Students will tie pieces of rope to the back of their pants. The goal is to grab the ropes from other kids. The last kid who still has their rope(s) is the winner. Cooperative
Tag
Wear out
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led
Team storytelling Team storytelling is where each person gets about 10 seconds to add to a story, then pass the story to a next person. What sort of kooky story will your group come up with?! Circle
Cooperative
Transitional
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led
storytelling
noticing details
group development
War lock Students participate in the most ultimate staring contest- a staring WAR! Cooperative
Rainy day
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
active
interactive
student led
Who am I One person who is it tries to figure out who they are. The leader shows everyone the name of "it." (For example, they could be superman). It has to ask the group yes or no questions to figure out who they are. Circle
Cooperative
Science
Transitional
5-8 (grades 1-2)
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
interactive
student led
Willow in the wind Groups of students form a circle. One student in the middle has to trust that the circle of people will catch them and pass them around the circle safely. Students learn to communicate actions to let each other know they are ready to support each other. Cooperative
Team building
8-11 (grades 3-5)
11-14 (grades 6-8)
14-18 (grades 9-12)
18+ (adult)
active
interactive
student led
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