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Thomas & Friends

Hide & Sheep

Help your little ones practice teamwork in this fun game.

The engines of Sodor know that competition often involves teamwork and following directions.  Farmer McColl’s sheep have gotten away. Sir Topham Hatt needs the teams to work together quickly – but carefully – to find them and put them back into their pen!

Time: 10 to 15 minutes

Materials:

  • 1 shoe, cereal, or other small cardboard box per team
  • Cotton ball or pompoms
  • Googly eyes (sold in craft stores) or magic marker
  • Spoon

Directions:

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1. Glue a pair of googly eyes to each pompom/cotton ball or, using a magic marker, draw eyes on each pompom/cotton ball to create sheep.

2. Hide the sheep in various locations around the room.

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3. Divide children into teams of two. One child will be the spotter; the other child will be the scooper. The spotter is in charge of holding the cardboard box while the scooper holds the spoon.

4. When you say “go,” the children must work as a team to spot and scoop up the sheep. The spotter looks for sheep and guides the scooper in the direction of the sheep that he/she finds.

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5. The scooper then uses the spoon to carefully scoop up the sheep and places them in spotter’s box. Be sure to remind the children that they are working as a team; although it might be tempting for the spotter to take over, only the scooper can put the sheep in the box. *TIP: Suggest words the spotter can use to encourage and kindly direct the scooper to the sheep, such as “Hey look, under the blue chair!”

6. The team that scoops up the most sheep in the allotted time wins.

Take It Further:

Working as a team can be challenging for young children. Like the engines on Sodor, sometimes they can get overly excited and make mistakes, like accidentally leaving someone out. Talk to children about the benefits of teamwork and look for examples on TV shows and in their own lives. With teamwork, you can get more done, and make more friends.


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