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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 – All By Myself Balloon Game

Group Size: 11 to 25 Time Needed: 1 to 10 minutes Goal: Explore how it feels to handle problems on your own Audience: Couples, Teens, Parents, Children, Singles Special Considerations: May need to assist some participants inflate their balloons Resources Needed: One balloon per person Step-by-Step Instructions Ask participants to divide into pairs. Give each […]

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Experiential Learning – And It All Falls Down

Group Size: Any Time Needed: 5 minutes (discussion times vary) Goal: To discuss the challenges of change and the advantages of both preparing for change and experiencing change at your own pace Audience: Couples, Parents, Teens, Children, Singles Special Considerations: Do this activity before you actually present it to your group to assure that the […]

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Group Cohesion – Rising Together

Group Size: 10 to 30+ Time Needed: to 20 minutes depending on group size and length of discussion Goal: To facilitate group bonding, discuss the importance of groups and support systems, and talk about the meaning of healthy interdependence Audience: Couples, Teens, Children, Singles Special Considerations: Requires mobility and sitting on the ground, so this […]

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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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Icebreakers – Portrait of a New Friend

Group Size: Any Time Needed: 5 to 10 minutes Goal: To get to know each other Audience: Couples, Singles, Parents, Teens, Children Special Considerations: May need to alter instructions based on group. Can get loud! With two facilitators, start this exercise by completing the activity together in front of group. Resources Needed: Blank white paper […]

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Icebreakers – Who Is Your Facilitator?

Group Size: 1 to 50+ Time Needed: 10 minutes Goal: To make introductions Audience: Parents, Couples, Teens, Children, Singles Special Considerations: None Resources Needed:  Paper and pen/pencil for each participant, small prize for winner Step-by-Step Instructions Prior to class, come up with some questions you wouldn’t mind answering about yourself in front of your participants. […]

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Group Cohesion – Collage Game

Group Size: 1 to 50+ Time Needed: 5 to 20 minutes depending on size of group and discussion; this activity requires about 20 minutes of prep time Goal: To help participants get to know each other; a fun way to break a large group into several small ones Audience: Parents, Couples, Teens, Children, Singles Special […]

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Group Cohesion – Doodling Table Mats

Group Size: 11 to 25 Time Needed: Throughout the duration of class Goal: Explore an activity for creative expression and to relieve stress Audience: Couples, Teens, Parents, Singles Special Considerations: None Resources Needed: Butcher/craft paper cut to fit tables, colored markers or crayons, tape to secure paper to table Step-by-Step Instructions Cover each table before […]

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