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Experiential Learning – A Different Place

Group Size: 11 to 25 Time Needed: 20 minutes or more Goal: Gain understanding of individual differences and the unique challenges that each person faces in life. Audience: Couples, Teens, Parents, Children, Singles Special Considerations: May need to assist some participants inflate a balloon Resources Needed: One balloon per person, different sizes of balloons, masking […]

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Experiential Learning – Feeling Charades

Group Size: 1 to 25 Time Needed: 15 minutes plus time for discussion Goal: To help participants learn to recognize and talk about feelings Audience: Parents, Couples, Children, Teens, Singles Special Considerations: Some adults may find this challenging. Facilitators should act out a feeling or two to make sure participants understand the directions and most […]

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Experiential Learning – Lighten Up

Group Size: 1 to 50+ Time Needed: 15 minutes or more depending on length of discussion Goal: To find balance and promote self care as well to illustrate the importance of asking for help Audience: Parents, Couples, Teens, Children, Singles Special Considerations: Consider the physical capabilities of the volunteer you pick. Resources Needed: Index cards […]

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Experiential Learning – Mine Field

Group Size: 10 to 20 Time Needed: 30 minutes or more Goal: To improve communication and trust Audience: Parents, Couples, Teens, Children, Singles Special Considerations: It is very important that a caring tone be set for this activity. Some people may not be comfortable being blindfolded; if so, they can sit this one out. If […]

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Experiential Learning – One-Way vs Two-Way Communication

Group Size: 10 to 50+; must be even numbered group as they will work in pairs Time Needed: 20 to 30 minutes depending on group size Goal: To provide a fun interactive way to experience the difference between one-way and two-way communication Audience: Couples, Parents, Singles, Teens, Children Special Considerations: If anyone is afraid to […]

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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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Icebreakers – Quick Questions

Group Size: 10 to 30 Time Needed: 15 to 30 minutes depending on size of group Goal: To provide an icebreaker Audience: Couples, Parents, Teens, Children, Singles Special Considerations: Works best with outgoing and active groups; may not work well with more reserved groups. Make sure you don’t pick someone who is shy to go […]

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Icebreakers – Self Esteem Toilet Paper Game

Group Size: 5 to 15; however a larger group can be broken down into smaller groups of 8 to 10 Time Needed: 15 to 25 minutes depending on group size Goal: To get to know each other, provide group cohesion, and build self-esteem Audience: Couples, Parents, Teens, Children, Singles Special Considerations: If you feel that […]

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Group Cohesion – Birth Order Get-Together

Group Size: 11 to 50 Time Needed: 10 to 30 minutes, depending on size of group Goal: To develop group cohesion and bonding Audience: Couples, Parents, Teens, Children, Singles Special Considerations: If people have painful childhood memories this activity may cause old wounds to resurface. Encourage participants to demonstrate utmost sensitivity and empathy towards each […]

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Group Cohesion – Chain Link

Group Size: 26 to 50 Time Needed: 21+ minutes Goal: Build group cohesion by establishing “links” to other group members Audience: Couples, Teens, Parents, Children, Singles Special Considerations: None Resources Needed: None Step-by-Step Instructions Ask participants to divide into groups of about 10 to 15 people (depending on total group size). Explain that this activity […]

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