Synergy is a collaborative, cooperative effort to accomplish a task more effectively than it would be accomplished by an individual. Synergy is sometimes referred to as the "2 + 2 = 5 effect" because the combined effort results in the whole being greater than the sum of the parts, according to Encyclopedia.com. Synergy can be taught to children by engaging them in activities that demonstrate the value of working together.
1. Measuring Bodies
Hand your child a tape measure and a list of body parts to measure, including length of arm, width of back from shoulder to shoulder and circumference of head. Have her try and measure these parts by herself, and then again with the help of a friend. Were the results the same? Which was more accurate? Which was easier? Synergistic teamwork can result in increased accuracy.
2. Making a Bed
Give your child a set of sheets, pillow cases and a bedspread. Have her make the bed; time her and see how long it takes to do it by herself. Strip the bed and have her make it over again, this time with the help of a friend. How long did it take this time? Was it easier to manage the fitted sheet and the bedspread with some help? This activity illustrates that working together creates efficiency.
3. Flying a Kite
Flying a kite takes teamwork. Have one child hold the kite up over her head as the other child holds the ball of string and starts walking into the wind, letting the string out as she walks. When she is about 50 feet away from the kite, have her check to ensure the string is taut, then signal to her friend to let go. They can take turns flying the kite, letting the string out as it soars.
4. Balloon Bop
Have a group of children hold hands as they face each other in a circle. Toss a balloon into the center of the ring of children and tell them they must keep the balloon in the air in the circle by working together to move their circle back and forth so that the balloon does not reach the ground. They must continue to hold hands as they bop the balloon with their heads, shoulders, knees, legs, bellies or entwined arms.
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