Promoting Life Skills With Activities, Sports & Games

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

In this lesson, we discuss how to promote life skills using various activities, including sports and games. We review positive effects of these activities as well as eight life skills that are promoted by them.

Positive Effects of Activities, Sports & Games

There are many positive effects when it comes to children participating in games, sports, and activities. Some examples include:

  • Improved health
  • Having fun
  • Structured environment
  • Socializing with others
  • Increased fitness

Life Skills

In this lesson, we'll explore the life skills that can be promoted with activities, sports, and games.


Collaboration is the process of working with others to accomplish something. There are many ways this can be promoted in sports and games. For example, soccer is not an individual sport like golf; it is a team sport. The individuals on the team work together, or collaborate, to score a goal. One player passes to another and so forth in order to set up a good shot. In the end, the team accomplishes the goal of their collaboration, which is to score a goal.

Soccer promotes collaboration.

Conflict Resolution

When we think of conflict resolution, video games might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, there are video games that are designed to combat youth violence. Instead of contacting the teacher, the student might log onto a video game and pick a suitable situation. For example, someone is trying to steal another kid's lunch money. The software might offer one to four choices to solve the problem, and perhaps more importantly, show the consequences of the different picks. In addition to helping curb violence, there are video games that deal with bullying.

Critical Thinking

The aforementioned video games can also help in the area of critical thinking. However, do not look down on good old board games as well. Games like chess, checkers, Risk and Trivial Pursuit can promote life skills. Risk, chess, and checkers require tactics and strategy, while Trivial Pursuit emphasizes memory and general knowledge.

Chess promotes critical thinking.

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