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...
Icebreakers and Energisers

Icebreakers and Energisers

A collection of icebreakers and energisers ideal for youth groups or training events. PASS THE ENERGY Participants stand or sit in a circle, hold hands and silently concentrate. The facilitator sends a series of ‘pulses’ both ways round the group by discreetly squeezing the hands of those next to her/him. Participants pass these pulses round the circle, as in an electric current, by squeezing the hand of the person next to them and literally ‘energising’ the group. BLINDFOLD PAIRS An obstacle course is set out on the floor for everyone to look at. Participants split into pairs. One of the pair puts a scarf around their eyes, or closes their eyes tightly so they cannot see. The obstacles are quietly removed. The other member of the pair now gives advice and direction to their partner to help them safely negotiate what are now imaginary obstacles. THE LONGEST LINE This game requires a lot of space and may need to be done outdoors. Divide into teams of eight to ten people. Each team must have the same number of members. Explain that the task is to create the longest line using participants own bodies and any clothing or things in members pockets. Participants are not allowed to collect other things from the room/outside. Give a signal for the game to start and set a time limit, such as two minutes. The team with the longest line wins. AN ORCHESTRA WITHOUT INSTRUMENTS Explain to the group that they are going to create an ‘orchestra’ without instruments. The orchestra will only use sounds that can be made by the human body. Players...
The Square Game

The Square Game

A simple exercise for 3 or more students that highlights cooperation, listening and other group skills. It’s often used as an exercise for a small group of students as a way of helping them think about the importance of cooperation in a group setting. For example, a group that is starting to meet weekly an anger management programme. The game consists of a square piece of card that has been cut into 4 smaller shapes. For example, you could cut a long rectangle piece down one side of the square and cut the remaining piece diagonally, making two triangles. One of the triangles could then be cut in half making two smaller triangles. Now you have four very different shapes that together can be made back into a square. You will need to repeat this exercise for each player using a different coloured card. In the case of four players you will end up with four sets of four shapes, each set being a different colour. Deal out four random pieces to each player so that they have a mix of shapes and colours. Their challenge is to each reassemble a complete square. However there are strict rules about how this must be done. First, there is no communication, vocal or otherwise, allowed between players. Secondly, each player can give a piece away to another player, but they cannot ask or grab a piece from another player. Time the group to see how long they take to complete the task. What happens is often interesting. Students will find it hard not to communicate but if you ensure the rules...