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Benefits of Multi Age Group Play - 7 New Partner Play Ideas + Multiple Intelligences Wheel August 21, 2017

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Benefits of Multi Age Group Play - 7 New Partner Play Ideas + Multiple Intelligences Wheel, Cortlandt, New York


Partner play can be just the thing to help a group learn how to problem solve and work together, no matter the age. These ideas can be done with same-age or different-age children.  For some pairings, it may last just a few minutes; for others, it may last half an hour or more. Try these 7 simple partner play ideas:

1. Sock Dancing

Do a dance together while holding a pair of socks between you so that you are not actually holding hands but still connected.

2. Puzzle Pandemonium

Do a puzzle together, but put the pieces around the room. Take turns retrieving one and putting it in the puzzle.

3. Shooting Hoops 

One child holds a hula hoop and the other throws a soft ball or stuffed sock through the hole. Figure out together how many throws until the other’s turn.

4. Funny Football

Sit across from each other at a table. Use two upside-down cups or play dough for goal posts. Take turns blowing ping pong balls or feathers through the goal posts.

5. Store Start-Up

Play store. Cut out play money.  Decide what type of store to set up and be business partners. Little ones may prefer a zoo or a farm for people to visit.

6. Stringing Strong Friendships

Make friendship bracelets with beads, cereal O’s, or macaroni. String a chosen number of beads and then trade. Do a few more, then trade again.

7. Fun with Flipping

Make play dough pancakes and use a real spatula and pan to try to flip them.  A 3-year old can enjoy making the pancake and an older child can make the letter of who it is for with a finger poke. How many times can they flip it?


intelligence_wheel_image.pngYou may notice that some children naturally match with each other, even within different age groups. Oftentimes, children who have similar strengths in terms of multiple intelligences play well together regardless of age. Use this visual wheel of Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences as you observe how some children naturally seem to play well together and others need more support:

At A Rising Star Children’s Center children  children of multi ages play, learn and grow together daily in our preschool, infant and toddler and before and after school programs.  Each child benefits from this environment.  If you would like to learn more about our program for your child, please contact Gloria Foster at 914-788-4582 or visit our website



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