Collaboration – the ability to work with others
Why it is important: Collaboration helps children work together as a team and use their pooled skills towards the betterment of society. As Muslims, this is a particularly important skill to hone, because the Muslim Ummah needs to team together to help Islam grow.
How to develop it: When children play together, offer them a collective set of play materials (such as a bin of crayons) rather than individual sets to encourage sharing, turn-taking and social skills. Some ideas for team building games are:
- Body parts: In this game, children are to walk around normally until the facilitator (the parent), calls out a body part and a number (for example 3 elbows). The children to have to react and quickly find others and fulfill the command.
- Dots: Each child is given a coloured dot that is placed on their forehead. Without talking they have to find out what their coloured dot is and find others who have the same coloured dot. Children help each other by pointing to objects to give clues to their friends.
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