Playground Games That Teach Teamwork


When children are young, they begin to learn about teamwork. They learn that if everyone works together, they can do things as a team that would be impossible for just one person. Even though kids will probably never play a game of Capture the Flag or Three-Legged Race again after they reach middle school, these games help instill the value and importance of working together with other people. As adults who are part of an office team or community group, we might not think about the importance of teamwork all that often. But when we do start thinking about it, it’s clear why these childhood games can be so helpful. Teams need to work together in order to accomplish anything important!

Musical Chairs

Play the game by having everyone sit in a circle. Then, have one person leave the room and count to a predetermined number, like 10 or 20. The remaining players should get up from their chairs and move around the circle until they hear the word “stop.” When this happens, they all sit back down on their original chairs; if anyone has been left without a seat when all is said and done (and there will be at least one), that person becomes “it” for the next round.

The goal of Musical Chairs is simple: you want to be one of those who doesn’t have to stand up during each round so as not to become “it.” However, there are ways in which this game can teach teamwork beyond simply avoiding being left out. You can encourage your teammates not only through words but also through actions! For example: If someone gets up from their chair early because they thought it was safe but wasn’t counting correctly (or didn’t notice someone else getting up), then help them find another seat before making yourself available again.

Capture the Flag

Capture the flag is a popular playground game that can be played with two teams of any number of players. The goal is for one team to capture the other team’s flag and bring it back to their base without being tagged by an opposing player. Each team has its base, usually marked with a flag or banner and surrounded by obstacles like trees or rocks. Teams need to work together to strategize how they will approach this challenge and how they can move through space creatively while staying undetected by their opponents!

Teams also need strong communication skills to adapt quickly when things don’t go according to plan. And sometimes, things don’t go exactly as planned!

Four Square

Four-square is a simple game that involves four players and four squares. Each player stands in one of the squares and takes turns bouncing the ball. The goal of this game is to get your ball into another player’s square, which you do by hitting it with your ball so that it lands there. When this happens, that player must leave their square and take over one of the others (usually rotating clockwise). The first person who gets all four team members inside one square wins!

Three-legged Race

The Three-legged Race is a game that requires teamwork and cooperation. One person will walk with their right leg tied to their partner’s left leg, so they have to work together as a team for both of them to win. The person who is tied can’t walk alone or go faster than the person they are tied to because otherwise, it would be impossible for both people to win!

Duck, Duck, Goose!

Duck, Duck, Goose! is a game that helps kids learn to work together. It’s also a great way for adults to practice teamwork and communication skills.

In this game, everyone sits in a circle on the ground or floor with their legs crossed. One person stands in the center of the group as “it”. This person walks around pointing at players while saying “duck,” then begins moving again while saying “goose.” When he points at someone who has already been tagged as “goose,” she becomes his new partner in crime! The only rule of this game is that you cannot tag your own teammate. Otherwise, it would be too easy for them to avoid being caught (and therefore out).

Teamwork is important for both children and adults to learn.

Teamwork is important for both children and adults to learn. It helps people work together, achieve their goals, and succeed in business, sports, and school activities.

Teamwork can be learned through games. Many different types of playground games teach teamwork skills by requiring players to cooperate with one another to win the game or accomplish a goal.


We hope these ideas will help you teach teamwork in your classroom. These are just a few of the many games that can be played to build teamwork skills. Still, they’re some of our favorites because they’re easy to set up and fun for kids of all ages! If you have any other ideas, we’d love to hear them!