Why it's important Whether they're playing soccer or building a block tower with friends, kids need to learn that cooperation is an essential component of success. "A child also needs to trust other people," says Miller. "Once he does, being part of a team becomes fun."
Bring it to life Give your child a toothpick and ask him to snap it (do this together with your child to avoid splinters). Then tie together a bunch of toothpicks with a rubber band and have him try to break them (he won't be able to). Explain that a group is stronger than any one of its members.
Read and learn Mrs. McBloom, Clean Up Your Classroom! by Kelly DiPucchio. The entire town joins the effort to help a retiring teacher clear out a classroom that hasn't been tidied up in 50 years.