Props: Enough chairs for all participants, minus one.
Procedure: Group sits in a circle of chairs with one person standing in the middle (no empty chairs). The person in the middle says “I seek common ground with… people who were born east of the Mississippi!” Anyone who was, including the person asking the question, must get up and run across the circle to find a new seat. You can’t take the seat of the person next to you! There will be one person left in the middle who must ask the next question. Possibilities include: people who… wear glasses! Likes vanilla ice cream better than chocolate! You can also guide the questions a little deeper… “I seek common ground with people who’ve… worked with the homeless.” The facilitator may choose to ask the first few questions to get the game going and set the tone.
Purpose: Fun, teamwork
Procedure: This game can be played anywhere, indoors or out. The goal is similar to “Hide and Seek,” except that “it” hides first. Everyone else then tries to find “it.” When someone finds “it,” they hide with “it” in the same spot. The game ends when everyone finds the hiding spot of “it.”
Props: A ball of string
Purpose: Reflection, closing activity
Procedure: Participants form a circle, with the facilitator in the circle holding a ball of string. Start by tossing the ball to a participant, holding onto the end of the string as you throw it. State something you appreciate about that person participating in your shared work. The appreciation can be about something that recently happened or about the other person in general. The ball then travels across the circle to each player with everyone holding onto a piece of the string once the ball is tossed. Once everyone is holding onto the string and it is criss-crossed throughout the circle the facilitator, uses scissors to cut through the string, saying “As we cut the ties to the games we’ve played (or activity we’ve finished), we leave each person a piece of string in their hand to remind them of the renewed community and new connections they have made.”