Group Size: 11 to 50
Time Needed: 15 to 20 minutes, depending on size of group
Goal: To help participants get acquainted and have fun
Audience: Couples, Teens, Parents, Children
Special Considerations: Choose couples that will be recognizable to your audience; be sensitive to age, ethnicity, generation, etc. Co-facilitators can play the game with the group but should not participate together as a “couple.”
Resources Needed: Name tag for each participant, Marker
- Prior to class make up sets of name tags of famous couples, such as Adam and Eve, Michelle and Barak Obama, Ward and June Cleaver, Wilma and Fred Flintstone and several other real life or made up couples.
- As people come to class, put name tag on their back. Instruct them to find the other half of their couple. Also inform them that as they do this they will be giving other members information about whose name is on their backs. Remind them not to tell anyone, but rather give hints.
- Participants will do this by mingling around the room and asking people questions such as, "Am I a movie star?" or "Am I a politician?" and so on. Eventually, they will figure out who they are and will be able to find their partner.
Tips for Discussion and Processing
This is a fun way to get acquainted and have people move around and meet each other. Surprisingly, this works really well with large groups as well.
Note: These activities can be modified to reflect a variety of skills