How To Encourage Cooperative Play

Encouraging cooperative play in children can play an essential role in developing their ability to communicate effectively with the world around them. Through group play, our tiny teamsters will learn invaluable lessons in sharing, competition and teamwork, whilst boosting their own emotional connection to others. Better still, group interaction proves effective in aiding faster learning and a more effective approach to tasks and challenges.

Encouraging children to play together could not be more important.

With this in mind, join us, as we take a look at some of the most impactful methods for bringing youngsters together, and answer the important question of how to encourage cooperative play in children.

Encouraging Children to Play Together

Team Games for Kids

Come rain or shine, there are plenty of exciting cooperative games for youngsters to enjoy together. From the simplest game of hiding and seek, to more challenging child conflicts, kids revel in the chance to share in the fun. When the sun has got his hat on, a round of croquet is sure to keep him out to play. Whilst April showers present the perfect reason to round up some board game buddies, roll the dice and ride the snakes and ladders roller-coaster. No matter the weather, play is always better together.

Collaborative Pretend Play

A princess must have her prince, and ship captains require the finest swashbucklers to successfully navigate the seven seas. So, what better way to get children interested in collaborative play than to pick your fantasy and prepare for the ultimate team mission. Jaques of London holds a strong belief in the power of pretend. Whilst allowing the wildest of imaginations to flourish, the best pretend play toys can be used cooperatively, increasing self-esteem, encouraging experimentation and aiding in the early development of emotional intelligence. So, pick your role and get ready for adventure.

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Is your day chock-a-block with chores? Fear not, for your little helper is the ideal way to make the time fly. Encouraging our kids to engage in household chores is a great way to introduce them to the benefits of teamwork. Plenty of positive feedback is a must (even if reality sees you doing everything twice). So, put tiny task-doers to the test, with some co-op cleaning fun.

Garden Buddies

Tiny Titchmarsh’s unite and take to the great outdoors, for some group gardening gratification. There are always beds to be built and trees to be trimmed. But wait... That isn’t very fun! Fortunately, Jaques have the perfect Alan antidote, and plays host to the very best in backyard bonanzas, with a wide range of garden toys suitable for all ages. Giant dominoes and tower blocks, tin can alleys, hoop games and badminton, are all ready to turn your lawn into the ultimate playground of family fun.

Collaborative Creations

Two heads are better than one, so why not encourage your children to create together? Whether through craft, art or storytelling, creative collaboration is a great way to encourage kids to share their ideas, before bringing them together in the creation of one final collaborative masterpiece.

From confidence building to social communication skills, lessons in sharing, to understanding the benefits of teamwork, encouraging children to play together has so many natural benefits. So, should you ever again wonder how to encourage cooperative play in children, simply look for your buddy Jaques. After all, things always go better with help from a friend.



Kate Luke
Head Of Brand
After graduating with a 2.1 Music degree, Kate pursued a career in the Music Industry, becoming a professional West End vocalist and a fully qualified Music Teacher, School Choir Leader and Songwriter. As one of Jaques of London’s Creative Editors, her specialism surrounds building confidence and expression through music & play—drawing upon her qualifications in Music Psychology & Child Development. As well as this, she is an accomplished blog writer and published journalist who enjoys promoting the importance of Montessori learning for all ages.
Ben Williamson
Creative Writer
Ben is passionate about Montessori learning for children and has written for many parenting publications to bring the magic of real play to families in the UK. After graduating in 2009, his career has enabled him to work in areas such as Child Development and Psychology. As a great believer that learning starts at home, he combines his experience with his own parenting style to help bring other families together.
Jess Casson
Marketing Assistant
Jess graduated from the University of York in 2022 with a degree in Sociology and Criminology; kickstarting her career in the creative marketing industry through content creation and social media management. One of these roles involved creating content for a children's holiday camp, which alongside a knowledge of Montessori Teaching, formed an interest in childhood development. Utilising her expertise in both these fields has allowed her to promote and share her passions with the online community while exploring her talent for writing and establishing collaborations.
Laura Henderson
Interior Designer
Interior Designer, Laura Henderson, lives in Surrey with her husband and two daughters. Taking a timeless approach to her designs and drawing on her love of colour, antiques, art, modernist furniture and photography she delivers luxurious compositions and peaceful sanctuaries within every space. Her previous experience in furniture design plays an integral role in the development of each of her projects, as does the time she spends getting to know her clients. She uses this to achieve beautiful, practical, reimagined layouts, resulting in projects that enhance a client’s lifestyle, reflecting their individual passions. To learn more see her website

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