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Group Size: 1 to 50+
Time Needed: 15 to 20 minutes depending on group size
Goal: To build group cohesion through fun and teamwork and to showcase creativity within the group
Audience: Couples, Parents, Teens, Children, Singles
Special Considerations: This is a very fast-paced exercise and people will move around a lot. People generally come up with very funny things and laugh a lot.

Resources Needed: Several poems, limericks or song verses that contain only five linesIndex cards

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Prior to class, write every line of the first four lines of each poem/limerick/song verse on its own, separate card. For example, “Mary had a little lamb” would go on one separate card while “Its fleece was white as snow” would go on another card.
  2. Mix cards and hand them out to each person.
  3. Have participants move around the room to find the rest of the lines for their poem, limerick or song.
  4. Instruct the group to make up a new and interesting fifth line.
  5. When everyone has done this, have the groups take turns reading their five lines aloud to the others.

Tips for Discussion and Processing

This is a fun activity for group cohesion and to illustrate the importance of working together. It is also a good way to discuss how a group usually generates more creative energy than just one person.

Note: These activities can be modified to reflect a variety of skills.