FOLLOW THE LEADER (Episode
Cleo has a hard time giving up her role as "leader" in a game of Follow
the Leader, but soon learns that playing is more fun when friends cooperate.
Big Idea: Play Fair
Activities that require teamwork and cooperation help children's:
- cognitive development
- music and art appreciation, and performance
Children have treasured "Follow the Leader" for generations and still
enjoy playing it again and again. Reinvent the game by adding themes
and a touch of imaginative play; for instance:
- Use transportation as a theme. Children can fly a plane, drive a
bus, ride a bike, skate, or even row a boat.
- Play Animal Walk, in which the leader must imitate an animal. For
older children use categories, such as "zoo animals" or "animals in
- Or, add classical music and encourage children to lead others in
moving to the "mood" or beat of the music.
With a Group:
Creative thinking is essential to effective problem solving, which is
often essential in understanding, cooperation, and fairness. Divide
the group into teams of three or four and help the children build structures
by gluing craft sticks or cut-up straws together. Establish a rule that
must be followed to "play fair." For example, the structures might be
limited to a dozen sticks. Challenge the children to make their structures
as strong as possible. Then have them experiment to see how much weight
each structure can support.