Simple, but very effective for teaching teamwork and subtle communication. Ask the group to find a partner and pair up. Have each pair sit on the ground with their backs to each other (make sure there is some space between each pair). The partners reach behind their backs and link arms. When the leader says, “Go”, each pair must try to stand up without breaking their linked arms. For an additional challenge, they cannot talk to one another.
Although not a traditional “game”, this is a wonderful exercise in openness, honesty, and trust. The group, including adult leaders, sits in a circle. One person begins with a ball of yarn. They (gently) throw the ball of yarn to a person across the circle. When the second person catches it, the thrower gives them an encouraging, genuine compliment (i.e. “You’re a good friend.” “Thanks for being such a hard worker.” “I admire your upbeat personality.” Etc.) After receiving their compliment, the receiver throws the yarn to another in the circle. This continues until a “spider web” has been created between the students in the circle. Word of warning: While the same person can certainly be encouraged more than once by more than one person, try to make sure that all members feel included in the exercise. Be especially mindful of those in the group that are new or shy. This also works best for groups that know each other fairly well.
Materials: A ball of yarn
Challenging, but very fun! The group is split into two teams, with each team receiving a double/full-sized bed sheet (or, if need be, a plastic tablecloth). Each member of the team stands on their sheet. Tell each team that their “magic carpet” is upside down. The teams must try to turn their carpet over without anyone stepping off (i.e. “falling off into the abyss”.) The team that successfully completes the challenge first is the winner.
Materials: 2 large sheets (approx. 8x8 size works best)
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