Web Toss

Everyone stands or sits in a circle, with the facilitator holding a ball of yarn. Hanging on tightly to the tail of the yarn, s/he tosses the ball to someone else while completing the sentence, “I appreciate you for….” Everyone who receives the ball states the same sentence and passes it to the person of…

Lucky Penny

Each person takes a penny or other coin out of his/her pocket and looks at the date. When it’s his/her turn, s/he states the year that’s on their coin and recalls something spectacular that happened that year.

Take What You Need

A roll of toilet tissue is passed around the room.  People are asked to take what they need.  Once everyone has “their supply,” the group is told that they are to tell as many things about themselves as they have tissue squares.

Sculptures

Participants are seated on the floor. The leader asks for two volunteers. One is a sculptor, and the other is the sculpture. The leader whispers a word to the sculptor, who then begins to sculpt the other person into that word. The rest of the group tries to guess the word. The activity can gradually…

Categories

Have members of the group arrange themselves into groups by their favorite dessert, sport, color, movie, car, etc. This is a good activity to get people up and moving and to find out common likes.  You can shift from one category to another.  “Now group by favorite vacation spot.”

Stereotype Chat

Place a paper on each person’s back with a characteristic on it (Valley Girl, Smart, Happy, Rich). Don’t let them see what you are putting on them. Let the participants wander around and talk to each other, treating each other as they might treat someone with that characteristic. Afterward have everyone guess what characteristic they…

I’ve Never Done

Each person starts off with some candy. Going around the circle, each person finishes the sentence “I have never…” A person who has done the thing that the speaker has never done must give the speaker a candy. A fun way to learn things you might otherwise not find out about people. Similar to “Ten…

Week of 1/25/16 Magic Wand

You can use almost any stick as a magic wand…even a toilet plunger!  You can imbue the wand with any sort of power in which you might have an interest.  For example, the wand can change any aspect of your work. The wand is passed around the room, and the participants explain what three things…

Week of 1/18/16 Outlandish Introductions

Have participants introduce the person to his/her right.  Encourage them to fill the introduction with hyperbole and exaggeration.  The only thing that needs to be factual is the person’s name.  “To my right is the inventor of the paper clip, in addition, he cornered the high tech market in 1996 and is the fourth wealthiest…

Week of 1/11/16 Balloon Breeze

The facilitator tells everyone that a balloon will be sent into the audience and they are to try to keep it up as long as possible.  The trick is that they cannot use their hands.  They are to use their lungs!  One after another balloon is released until there are several wafting around.  When a…

Week of 1/4/16 Standing Ovation

The facilitator asks if anyone needs a standing ovation.  Participants who feel they could benefit from a standing ovation can stand and say, “I’d like a standing ovation.”  Everyone then stands and gives them a round of applause.  Throughout the program, the facilitator can make this opportunity available when appropriate.