What is a cooperative game?

It’s a game where everyone plays together, no one is left out, and everyone has fun! Traditional games tend to have one winner and one (or many) losers! In a cooperative game, the players work as a team against a common obstacle, not against each other.

Cooperative games emphasize play, not competition. Families learn to work and play together in respectful and compassionate ways. They learn to share, make decisions together, and trust one another. Cooperative games encourage inclusion and build confidence.

Cooperative games are great for kids of all ages (as well as the adults in their life). Contrary to popular belief, players don't beat a cooperative game every time, so even if the players lose to the game, they lose as a team. There's always a reason to keep working, thinking and playing together to win as a team! 

Learn About Cooperative Games

There's no shortage to the great things families can learn from playing cooperative games.

  • Strategy
  • Shared decision-making
  • Following directions
  • Cooperation
  • Taking turns
  • Problem solving
  • And so much more!

Dr. Toy Speaks About Cooperative Games

Dr. Toy, Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, is one of the nation’s and world’s leading experts on play, toys, and children’s products.

With 30 years of direct experience, Dr. Toy includes educationally oriented, developmental and skill building products from the best large and small companies in her four annual award programs. Many parents, teachers and toy buyers use Dr. Toy’s guidance in making selections.

Watch this video to see Dr. Toy's thoughts on cooperative games!