Shared Play Technique

If you’re sick of hearing the same old squabbles between your kids, encourage a bit of teamwork with the Shared Play Technique. It's used on the show to get siblings working together for a common goal…

The Shared Play Technique

Larger families, especially with siblings close in age, will be familiar with the constant squabbling and fighting between them. This technique encourages team play, allowing brothers and sisters to benefit and to communicate with each other without arguing.

Getting brothers and sisters to play together

Games that might work

A treasure trail in the park or in the house (if you can get them outside for long enough to arrange it!), making sure the clues are things all the family could answer. Any trust game where one of the siblings gets to lead another, like a blindfolded obstacle course. Some structured games with a competitive element might work, like Pictionary, battleships or dominos, especially if you can get your children to work in teams, or work against you and your partner.

If this technique works well, why not make shared play part of your Family Routine? Email us with your good ideas to encourage sibling teamwork.