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Experiential Learning – Toe to Toe

Group Size: 1 to 50+ Time Needed: 5 minutes plus discussion Goal: To examine conflict resolution Audience: Parents, Couples, Teens, Children, Singles Special Considerations: To keep it from getting out-of-hand, keep this one short. Couples in particular can be very competitive. If you have two facilitators, you can demonstrate the activity before participants begin. Resources […]

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Experiential Learning – Tying the Knot

Group Size: 1 to 50+ Time Needed: 5 minutes plus time for discussion Goal: To provide a communication building activity Audience: Couples, Parents, Children, Teens Special Considerations: This activity is especially powerful for couples. Co-facilitators can practice and complete this activity as a demonstration. Resources Needed: Two pieces of decorative ribbon, each about 24 inches […]

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Experiential Learning – What Do We Control?

Group Size: 1 to 50+ Time Needed: 20 minutes Goal: To help participants learn to manage stress and worry in their life Audience: Couples, Parents, Teens, Singles Special Considerations: This activity can be discussed privately among couples/parents as they work on this as a team, or the activity can be done individually depending on the […]

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Experiential Learning – What Just Happened?

Group Size: 10 to 30 Time Needed: 15 to 45 minutes; facilitator can decide how long; this activity can be stopped at anytime Goal: To help participants understand the universality of some dilemmas, and to help participants examine how their reactions may be part of the problem Audience: Parents, Children, Teens, Singles Special Considerations: None […]

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Icebreakers – Synergy Picture

Group Size: 1 to 50+ Time Needed: 10 to 15 minutes Goal: To illustrate the concept of synergy, that through working together we can achieve greater things when working alone Audience: Couples, Parents, Teens, Children, Singles Special Considerations: Participants who feel uncomfortable drawing can pass on this activity; not everyone needs to be involved. Resources […]

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Experiential Learning – Spelling Test

Group Size: Any Time Needed: 5 minutes (discussion times vary) Goal: To create an experience of unrealistic expectations Audience: Couples, Parents, Teens, Singles Special Considerations: Not appropriate for children as they may not get the “role” you are playing. This exercise may bring up some challenging issues for some participants around self-esteem. Resources Needed: Small […]

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Experiential Learning – Spoons

Group Size: Any Time Needed: 15 to 20 minutes Goal: To uncover hidden issues and understand challenging behaviors Audience: Teens, Parents, Children, Couples Special Considerations: You will need to be very clear on instructions in order for this activity to work. With two facilitators, one should arrange the spoons and represent the number while the […]

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Group Cohesion – Random Object Stories

Group Size: 10 to 30 Time Needed: 15 minutes or more depending on how long the story takes Goal: To create group cohesion and use creativity to solve problems Audience: Parents, Couples, Teens, Children, Singles Special Considerations: Give participants a good example of being silly and creative, especially with the second sentence. It is also […]

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Experiential Learning – Group Shaping

Group Size: 10 people or smaller (larger groups can be broken down, or some may participate and some may observe) Time Needed: 10 to 15 minutes Goal: Leads to discussion on communication, problem solving and power Audience: Couples, Parents, Teens, Children, Singles Special Considerations: Requires high level of trust among participants. Because some participants will […]

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Group Cohesion – Sugar Grams

Group Size: 11 to 50 Time Needed: 10 minutes Goal: Encouragement and fun, helps with goodbyes Audience: Couples, Children, Teens, Singles, Parents Special Considerations: Bring your ear plugs! This activity can get loud. Resources Needed: One small “post it” note per participant One large balloon per participant Step-by-Step Instructions Pass out one post it note […]

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