This is a fairly straightforward and active game to get the energy in the room up a little! Have the group form a circle, with each individual down on their hands and knees. Everyone will place their right hand in between the hands of the person to his/her right. If done correctly, everyone’s hands will be woven and overlapping. The leader then begins the game by slapping his right hand on the ground. The hand immediately to the right of his (more complicated than it sounds...remember, hands are woven) must then slap the ground, and so on. This should be going at a fairly quick pace. And, if someone feels like shaking things up a bit, they can slap their hand on the ground twice, signaling that the direction of the ground slapping must reverse.
This one is a bit more contemplative and serious. Have the group sit in a circle, and have each of them come up with one thing they have in abundance and another that they need. These things can either be personal traits or physical things (i.e. having homework and needing rest, or having patience and needing courage). Pass a decorated box around the circle, and have each person "put in" what they have, and "take out" what they need. Purely symbolic, but powerful. Materials: small box
And here's one that's just silly and fun for almost all ages. Divide the group into two teams, and have each group select one member. This one member must stand some distance away from the rest of the group (draw a line that the rest of the team is not allowed to cross) and hold a small bucket on their head. The rest of the team is given a bag of marshmallows, and each team tries to get the most marshmallows into their teammates bucket without crossing the line. Materials: 1 bag of mini marshmallows and one bucket per team. Word of warning: The mess potential for this one is on the high side.