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...
Fun Lego Games for Children

Fun Lego Games for Children

This is a collection of fun Lego games for children. Ideal for birthday parties and special events. Lego Sculptures Write simple sculpture ideas on index cards. Have everyone draw a card and give them 10-15 minutes to create their sculpture. Have a good supply of different Lego blocks available. After time is up, have everyone try to guess what everyone else’s sculpture is. You can award prizes for whoever guesses the most correctly, or just play for fun. Fast As You Can In this game you’ll call out a simple object that can be created using Lego blocks. Everyone will have three minutes to make one as fast as they can. At the end of the three minutes have a judge decide who sculpture most resembles the object. Play a couple of rounds so there are more chances for winners. Lego Sculpture Contest Have everyone get creative and build their own Lego creation. Give plenty of time for everyone to give it all they’ve got. I would say 30-45 minutes. This tends to be a very quiet party game because the kids really concentrate on their creations. At the end of the game award ribbons for best sculpture. You can have different ribbon categories such as: Most Creative Biggest Tallest Most Colorful Fastest Best Details Craziest Funniest Jar O’ Lego This is a fun icebreaker Lego game. Simply fill a clear jar with Lego blocks (make sure you count them) and have the children guess how many Lego’s they think is in the jar. Award a prize at the end of the party for the child that gets the closest....
Edible Paint

Edible Paint

This is a really simple but effective craft idea that I can see children’ absolutely loving. All you need for making edible paint is: Condensed Milk Food Colouring Toothpicks Paintbrushes Marshmallows Just pour the Condensed Milk into small containers (ice cube tray works great too) and mix in some food colouring using a toothpick. Once mixed it can be used to paint onto the marshmallows. It can also be used for painting on paper...
Children’s Session – Noah

Children’s Session – Noah

A collection of resources for a children’s session looking at the story of Noah. Includes video, worksheets, object lesson, and craft ideas. Worksheets Below is a collection of worksheets: Colouring Sheet: Ark In A Flood Colouring Sheet: Animals Entering Noahs Ark Noah Wordsearch Noah Crossword Easy Noah Crossword Hard Noah Puzzle Colouring Sheet Noah Challenge For this you will need a large bucket placed at the end of a table and two square wooden blocks. Ask for two volunteers to take part in the challenge. The object of the game is for children to push one of the wooden blocks into the bucket. They can only use the tip of their finger and they can’t push or move the bucket. It seems impossible but it can be only achieved by both children working together by pushing their blocks against one another to create enough resistance to lift them in the air and eventually drop the wooden blocks into the bucket. Below is a video example of the challenge Video: Wooden Block Challenge The challenge is all about working together and reminds me of a scene from the film Evan Almighty with Morgan Freeman as God explaining the story of Noah. This is perhaps a film clip that could be used with the children. “God: [posing as a waiter named Al Mighty] I love that story, Noah and the Ark. You know, a lot of people miss the point of that story. They think it’s about God’s wrath and anger. They love it when God gets angry. Joan: What is the story about, then? The ark? God: Well, I think it’s a love...
Parachute Games

Parachute Games

This is a collection of parachute games that can be easily played with children. MUSHROOM This is a simple exercise to get the children used to the parachute. All the children are asked to bend down and take hold of the parachute. When the leader calls ‘up’ the children lift the parachute up as high as they can – making a mushroom shape. Pulling the parachute down creates a refreshing wind and enables you to repeat the exercise again. Another version of this exercise is to ask the children to lift the parachute high in the air and then walk in towards the centre. CROSSING This is a good warm-up game whereby the children have to run underneath from one side of the parachute to the other whilst all the other children lift it up to make a mushroom shape and then pull it down in order to trap those running underneath. I have used the following to encourage different groups of children to run underneath but you can easily make up your own. · All those who like watching EastEnders · All those who are boys/girls · All those wearing red · All those called…. · All those wearing a tie · All those who have long hair · All those who like Marmite SHARKS This game is also called ALLIGATOR SWAMP and has two versions but both require the children to sit around the parachute with their feet hidden underneath the parachute. The first version begins with one child being selected to go underneath the parachute whilst everyone else pulls the parachute to their chests and begins...
String Easter Egg Craft

String Easter Egg Craft

With Easter approaching this is a creative craft for children of all ages. Inflate an oval balloon or a water balloon. You can blow it up to just about the size of an egg or make it as large as desired. Cut cotton yarn, crochet thread or embroidery floss into 12 to 24-inch long strands. You can go with 1 color or use several colors of thread. Mix together some white glue diluted slightly with water (about 3 parts glue to 1 part water, or add just enough water to achieve a workable consistency) Soak several strands of yarn or thread into the paste. Take one strand, pulling it between your thumb and forefinger to remove excess paste. Wrap the wet thread around the balloon Continue doing Steps 5 and 6 with the rest of the strands of thread. Wrap them in various directions to create crisscrossing patterns around the balloon. You can wrap the balloon with as much thread as you like for a more covered or solid look or use less thread for an egg with lots of open spaces. Hang up the egg to dry. It will take about 1 to 2 days to dry completely. Once dry, use a pin to burst the balloon. Carefully pull out the deflated balloon from the egg. These colorful String Easter eggs will look great inside a basket or large bowl. For an extra decorative touch fill them with...