T-Bone finds himself in a contest with Mac. He doesn't win, but he does
his best. T-Bone learns that you don't have to win to feel good; you just
have to do your very best.
With a Group:
Organize a month of team-building relay races. If possible, hold team-building
activities once a week.
Create three or four teams that represent a healthy balance of skills
and capabilities (some strong runners, some not-so-strong runners).
Discuss the importance (and fun) of teamwork. Point out that in a team,
the success of the team depends on how well everyone does, so doing
one's personal best is the best possible contribution to the team. Encourage
the members of each team to give their team a name. Review the goals
and rules of a relay. Then have the teams compete in one of the following:
Pass-the-Bone: teams pass dog biscuits from one member to
the next, with their hands behind their backs
Over-the-Dog-House: teams line up single file and then, one
at a time, go up a ladder and down a slide
Encourage the children to cheer for one another as they work together.
After the race, encourage the teams to shake hands and share supportive
exchanges, such as "You did a great job!" Each week, change the game
and the teams.