Can a Cooperative Game Cultivate Empathy?

Yes!

What is a cooperative game?

It's a game everyone plays together and no one is left out and everyone has FUN!

In a cooperative game, players work together as a team against a common obstacle, not against each other.  Cooperative games emphasize play, not competition, so everyone wins.

"Cooperative games are a way to practice the skills of relationships - skills such as communication, trust, problem solving, cooperation & empathy." - PEACE FIRST

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Available on Mindware.

Mermaid Island is an award winning cooperative game I created with Peaceable Kingdom Press. 

Watch out, mermaids!  The sea witch is on the move. Together, players help the mermaids to swim to Mermaid Island before the witch gets there. Spin, move and pick up a wand to gain the power to defeat the Sea Witch.
The tension builds as the Sea Witch gets closer to Mermaid Island, but everyone is working together against the common obstacle of the Sea Witch so no one feels left out or left behind. The game structure encourages teamwork and shared decision-making.
INCLUDES: 1 game board, 3 mermaid tokens, 1 sea witch with stand, 4 wand tokens, 1 spinner and instructions

Age Recommendation: Ages 5 and up  See more here.