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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 – 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 – Family Flags

Group Size: Any Time Needed: 10 to 30 minutes Goal: First day introductions, recognize individual and family strengths Audience: Couples, Parents, Teens, Children Special Considerations: Have an example of a Family Flag to show the class Resources Needed:  Various colored construction paper or cardboard Art supplies for decorations: markers, crayons, glue, glitter, etc. Yarn or […]

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Group Cohesion – Group Sing-Along

Group Size: 26 to 51+ Time Needed: 10 to 30 minutes, depending on size of group Goal: discuss leadership and taking risks, facilitate group bonding Audience: Couples, Parents, Teens, Children, Singles Special Considerations: It is extremely important that you go into this activity with confidence that it will happen, even if you have to sing […]

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Group Cohesion – Quotation Game

Group Size: 11 to 50 Time Needed: 5 to 30+ minutes Goal: help participants get acquainted and to build team camaraderie. Audience: Couples, Teens, Parents, Singles Special Considerations: Make an effort to collect quotations from a multitude of recognizable and yet ethnic diverse celebrities so as to not alienate participants. Resources Needed: Flip Chart pages […]

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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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