Children’s Session – Working Together

Children’s Session – Working Together

Children’s Session – Working Together Introductory Activities Jigsaw – work together to complete the picture. Jenga – rather than competing against one another, work together to create the tallest tower possible. Marshmallows/Spaghetti tower – work together to build a tower using the spaghetti and marshmallows. Main Activities Game: Hula Hoop Circle How quickly can you pass the hula hoop around the circle. The children stand in a circle with their feet touching the person beside them and holding the hand of children on either side of them. Game: Group Balloon Protect Split the children into equal groups. Give each group on balloon that the group have to huddle round and protect. The aim of the game is to burst the other groups’ balloons while protecting your own. Challenge: Tower Building Give each group a stash of newspaper and cellotape and 5 minutes to build the highest tower that is able to stand on its own. Memory Verse Jigsaw Print the following verses onto card twice and create a jigsaw. Cut out the pieces. Split the children into two groups and make it a race to see who can complete the jigsaw first. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one of them falls down, the other can help them up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Questions Is two people...
School Mentoring Resources

School Mentoring Resources

Over the past few years I’ve supported a number of young people at our local high school. In my work I’ve drawn heavily on the following mentoring resources which provide a good number of challenges, activities, quizzes and exercises. Each booklet is designed to allow mentors to dip in and out of them whenever they need to.  It is not envisaged that every exercise is used consecutively – instead only when appropriate to your discussions.  Also the exercises should be used only be used as prompts for discussion and not take the place of Mentors initiating conversation.  These conversations are what makes the mentoring experience so special. Mentor Manual: Target Setting Mentor Manual: Studying 1 Mentor Manual: Self- Assessment Mentor Manual: Getting to Know Each Other and Improving Communication Mentor Manual: Icebreakers Mentor Manual:...
The Raft Communication Session

The Raft Communication Session

The Raft Session This session is used to facilitate communication, to increase team-building skills and to bring out to the forefront people’s attitudes and values Give one worksheet to each participant and get them to read the instructions. They have to decide who they would take on the raft and why. Once they have completed the task  bring the participants together in groups of 3 or 4 and as a group they decide who the survivors are. In all likelihood this will require the young people to discuss and negotiate. The group all have to be in agreement. It may be helpful to tease out the labels the young people focus on in their decision making. Do they see the positive or negative label  e.g the doctor who is also a drug addict. What assumptions are made about each of the people? How do the young people determine each person on the shipwrecks worth? Will anyone not on the boat be affect by the decisions?   ****** The Raft A ship is wrecked in the middle of the ocean, thousands of miles from land. There are no immediate chances of rescue. 15 people are still alive and they manage to make a raft; because of the lack of time and equipment, the raft is only big enough to support 9 survivors. You have to decide which 6 of those listed you have to dispose of, you are not one of the survivors, and no one is allowed to hang onto the raft. A crippled boy, paralysed since birth.  The boy cannot use his hands, must be fed by others because he...
Huge Collection of Team Building Activities

Huge Collection of Team Building Activities

A huge collection of team building activities. Ideal for use with youth groups keen on building team work, communication and listening skills.   Animal Groups Gather participants in a large common area. Give each person a piece of paper with the name or picture of an animal on it. Then give instructions for the activity: They must locate the members of their animal group by imitating that animals sound only. No talking is allowed. Reflection – The participants might hesitate initially, but that hesitation soon gives way to a mixture of sounds. The end result is that the initial barriers to good team work have been broken. Ask reflection about the difference between a group and a team. Let it go down First obtain a long cane (bamboo or other material). Line the groups up so that people face each other, then ask one side to take a step sideways to the left so that their eyes are in line with the gap between the shoulders of two opposite participants. Ask them to put out their hands palm up at the same height (about elbow height). When all people have their palms out and lined up, place the can along their hands. Let them know that they should keep their hands in contact with the cane, but they shouldn’t grasp it. Now ask them to lower cane down to the group. The can always rises. Repeat the exercise until they can achieve the task. Reflection – Reflect on the importance of organisation for a successful team result. Where does your food come from? A large map of the world...
The Old Lady and the WC

The Old Lady and the WC

There was a little old Scottish lady who was looking for a place to live in Switzerland. She asked the local village headteacher to help her and together they found a place that suited her. She returned to Glasgow to get her things, but on the way home she remembered that she had not noticed a bathroom in the new place, or as she called it, a water closet. So when she arrived home in Pollok she wrote to the schoolmaster to inquire about a water closet in her place. Being somewhat embarrassed to ask about this, she decided to just use the abbreviation W.C. rather than spell out the words. When the schoolmaster received her letter he was puzzled by the initials W.C., never dreaming that she was referring to a bathroom. So he went to the local minister to see if he knew what a W.C. was. Of course, the minister thought it stood for the Wesleyan Church. So the schoolmaster wrote this reply to the wee old lady. Dear Madam, The W.C. is situated nine miles from the house in the center of a beautiful grove of trees. It is capable of holding 350 people at a time and is open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday of each week. A large number of folks attend during the summer months, so it is suggested you go early, although there is plenty of standing room. Some folks like to take their lunch and make a day of it, especially on Thursday when there is organ accompaniment. The acoustics are very good and everyone can hear the slightest sound....