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Create a positive group atmosphere Help people to relax Break down social barriers Energize & motivate Help people to "think outside the box" Help people to get to know one another
Fun, interactive get-to-known activity. Ask a group to organize themselves into smaller groups, based on categories such as favorite colour.
2)Two truths and a lie
People write down two truths about themselves and a lie. Then introduce the three "facts" to the rest of the group who tries to guess which one is a lie. The goal is to: a) convince others that your lie is truth (and that one of your truths is the lie) and b) to correctly guess other people's lies. Read the statements to the group -a vote for each one.e.g., "I am Turkish. Who thinks that is a lie?
3 .Fear in a Hat
Group members write personal fears anonymously on pieces of paper which are collected. Then each person randomly selects and elaborates on someone else's fear to the group and explains how the person might feel. Fosters interpersonal empathy. Instead of fear we can use likes and dislikes.
Participants are blindfolded and assigned an animal. The challenge is to use animal noises in order to meet up with other animals of same species. Releases energy. Loud, fun, chaotic, then gradually order and unity emerge. Give name of Animals to a group The challenge will be to find all other animals of one's own kind. No-one can talk - only animal sounds can be made. Ex:Dog,cat,Snake,Frog,crow,elephant,lion,wolf, Monkey,squirrel etc
Personal Bingo : The host will need to do a little homework before the meeting to find out a few tidbits about each participant (favorite hobbies, books, vacation spots, number of children, favorite foods, etc). Prepare a bingo card (duplicate the card for all attendees to have the same one) with one tid-bit for each square, and instruct the participants to mingle with the group to identify the person for each square. As the information is uncovered, they ask the participant to sign their corresponding square. Keep moving among the guests until all squares are filled. Rules: only open-ended questions may be used. First person who fills card wins a prize.
6. Famous people/cities
As each participant arrives, tape a 3 x 5 index card on their back with the name of a famous person or city. They must circulate in the room and ask questions that can ONLY be answered with a YES or NO to identify clues that will help them find out the name of the person or city on their index card. EXAMPLES: Paris, Madonna, Santa Claus, John Wayne, Casablanca
Give a phrase
Ask each participant to choose an adjective that begins with the first letter of their first name and one that really matches their personality. Have them introduce themselves just as they wrote it on the card and allow time for others to ask questions.
9. Dream Vacation
Ask participants to introduce themselves and describe details of the ideal, perfect dream vacation.
As the guests arrive, and before you write their names on a name card, ask them to tell you their favorite animal and three adjectives to describe the animal. As they tell you, write the three adjectives on a name tag BEFORE their name (omit the name of the animal). Ask them to mingle with the crowd, sharing why these adjectives best describe their own personality. EXAMPLES: Loyal, cuddly, playful Dan
11. Long lost relative
As a group, 1) ask each person to turn to the person on their right and greet him/her as if they really didn't want to be there. Yeah, you know what I mean - you can't wait to get out of there! Then everyone (simultaneously to create lots of fun and excitement) turn to the same person and greet him/her as if (s)he is a long lost, deeply loved relative who has just returned home and you're about to see the person for the first time in years! In fact, you thought you may never see this person again until this very moment. Okay, now ask everyone (again simultaneously) to turn to the same person and greet him/her as if this person just told you that you won the state lottery for 50 million dollars and you have the ONLY winning ticket!
Favorite Animal The facilitator arranges the group in a small circle of 6 and asks each person to throw the ball across the circle, first announcing his or her own name,then tell the class about their favorite animal and three adjectives to describe the animal, write the three adjectives on a chit and animal name on another chit and announce the name of the person to whom they are throwing the ball. Once every one is introduced ,call the name from the first come list and they need to explain the crowd, sharing why these adjectives of their favorite animal best describe their own personality. Examples: Loyal, cuddly, playful Dan. Materials Needed:Ball,Paper chits.