K, 1, 2

To guide children to understand that being in a group requires working together, getting along, resolving conflicts, and having fun together.

PrintOne Thirty-Minute Session
  • Exhibit the skills necessary for working and playing in a group.
  • Describe and demonstrate behaviors that are necessary for people to work together in a group.
  • Construction paper
  • Markers, crayons, pencils


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Tell children that today we are going to play a drawing game. We are going to make a picture in a different way. Instead of drawing our own pictures, we are going to have several people work on the same picture. Ask what might be fun about this and what might be hard.

  2. Have two children assist you in the demonstration. All three participants start to draw their own pictures, then when you ring a bell, they each pass their pictures to the person on their right. Then they draw on the picture started by another person for a limited amount of time. Then ring the bell and they pass the picture to the next child. Allow them time to draw before ringing the bell again. Show the class the finished pictures. The pictures may turn out great or funny. Talk about what was hard and what to do when things don't go as you expect. 

  3. Explain the rules of the game:

    • Each child must pass the paper when the bell rings.
    • The group must cooperate and share the materials.
    • No negative comments are allowed.
    • Group members should encourage and compliment each other.
    • It doesn’t matter if you don’t finish your part, each person’s contribution, no matter how small, is important.
  4. Arrange the participants into small groups. Give each child a sheet of construction paper and instruct them to put their names on the top.

  5. Make sure the students know the order in which they will pass the paper.

  6. Ring the bell to signal everyone to begin drawing. Allow a short time for drawing. Then ring the bell and have the children pass the pictures. Continue until each child has had a chance to draw o n each picture in their group. They pass it back to the first person.

  7. Discuss the activity. Talk about how they all worked together to create the pictures. Use and define the following words:

    • cooperation
    • personal contribution
    • community
  8. If children seem eager, repeat the activity. This time define what they will draw (examples: animals, houses, space aliens). Ask them for suggestions as to what they will draw. Display the fun pictures with a note about how we all contribute our talents to the whole community.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark E.3 Describe a benefit of group cooperation.
    2. Standard PCS 05. Philanthropy and Government
      1. Benchmark E.8 Describe classroom behaviors that help the students learn.