This game can be a fun, quick icebreaker. Each person playing chooses a fruit or vegetable (with no repeats). One person is in the center, without a fruit or vegetable name. The person in the center has to say the name of a fruit three times before the person who has claimed that fruit says it once (i.e., the person in the center must say "orange, orange, orange" before the one who picked orange says "orange"). If the person in the center wins, they switch spots with the losing player, and the former center is now "orange", and the former orange is now the center, with no fruit or vegetable name.
The Number Game
This exercise is much harder than it seems, and is great for developing focus and listening skills. Ask the group to stand in a circle. Set a numeric goal for the group to reach (start with 15 or so). Explain to the group that once the activity begins, participants can only say a number - no side conversations or strategies! Once the leader says, "Go," someone (whoever decides to start) in the group begins by saying, "One," followed by someone different (whoever decides to speak next) calling out, "two," and so on until the group reaches its goal. The challenge is that if more than one person calls out a number at the same time, the group needs to start over at the beginning. Since there is not a set order, this happens quite a lot! As a variation, you can give the group a time limit (say 10 minutes) to reach the highest possible number.
This is a very fun brain teaser. See how many students can figure out the pattern without giving it away to anyone else. Tell your students that you have a really weird friend named Silly Sally.
-Silly Sally likes doors but not windows
-Silly Sally likes puppies but not dogs
-Silly Sally likes the pool but not water
-Silly Sally likes Jeeps but not cars
-Silly Sally likes kittens but not cats
-Silly Sally likes the floor but not the ceiling
The Secret: Silly Sally likes things that are spelled with a double letter. For example, Silly Sally likes doors but not windows because doors has a double letter (oo).
You can create as many variations as you would like. It depends on how long you would like the game to last!