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Team-building for Kids: "Competition-free Birthday" is recommended by "Sport in BW" magazine


Team-building for Kids: “Competition-free Birthday” is recommended by “Sport in BW” magazine The tried-and-tested parental advice book for non-competitive group games has now been published in English – competitive games at children's birthdays are a thing of the past.

"Competition-free Birthday" in "Sport in BW" magazine, February 2010:

"Competition-free Birthday: Teamwork Games for Kids – Non-competitive Children's Party Games" the book on team-building games was recommended by the Württemburg Youth Sports Association in "Sport in Baden-Württemburg" magazine in February 2010.

Translation of the article:

Team-building For Kids

An essential value for modern society

In the past, traditions were passed on from generation to generation without much reflection, but these days many parents are starting to think much more consciously about which values they want to instil in their children - and team spirit has become very important for today's society.

Parents that realise how important it is to teach their children team spirit casually start the learning process in play, choosing cooperative group games over competitions. For a few years now, youth group leaders, educators and sports associations have increasingly been encouraging the use of team-building games. The thinking behind these is nothing new; experts have long been outlining the benefits. Yet the presence of collaborative games in the everyday life of modern families is still rather uncommon, and they are therefore seldom played at children's birthdays.

Advice for Parents at Children's Birthdays

It is here that the parental advice book "Competition-free Birthday: Teamwork Games for Kids – Non-competitive Children's Party Games" by Dr. Scheffler-Hadenfeldt comes in. This guide illustrates the team-building nature of cooperative games and makes targeted use of them at children's birthday parties.

"Competition-free Birthday: Teamwork Games for Kids – Non-competitive Children's Party Games" presents a wide range of fun, exciting, imaginative and funny games for both indoors and out, all based on the team-building principle. For example, there are quiet games, energetic games, imaginative and story-telling games, food games, water games, arts and crafts, magic tricks as well as themed birthdays such as Pirates or Horses. In addition, the advice book also provides clear information on inventing your own games, and offers plenty of practical hints and tips for creating happy and successful birthday parties.

Picture caption: The "Making Children Strong" initiative also focuses on developing team-building skills and provides various games models for big events.

BOOK TIP: Dr. Ayleen Birgit Scheffler-Hadenfeldt. "Competition-free Birthday: Teamwork Games for Kids – Non-competitive Children's Party Games". Books on Demand GmbH; 2nd edition, September 2009, in English 2010; brochure, 64 pages; ISBN: 978-3-8391-7076-2, Price: €9.90 / $14,90 / CDN$15,65 / £10,90.

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"Competition-free Birthday: Teamwork Games for Kids – Non-competitive Children's Party Games" in German:

About the author: Dr. Ayleen Birgit Scheffler-Hadenfeldt was born in Hamburg in 1966. She has a business degree and a doctorate in international taxation. Today she is a non-medical psychotherapy practitioner in Berlin.

In 1988 she completed her training as a youth group leader and a dance and exercise leader and since then has taken part regularly in training courses, particularly popular children's sports. She has a nine-year-old son for whom she has organised some very successful birthday parties.

Berlin, 31.10.2010 Dr. Ayleen Scheffler-Hadenfeldt, Translation (German/English) by Sophie Paterson


Article published on 01.11.2010

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