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Who Did That!?!
 
Objective
To learn more about each other and to generate interaction among group members.
 
Group Size
6 or more
 
Materials
Paper
Pens or pencils
 
Description
    Select three people prior to the activity and ask them each to write down one of their most embarrassing moments. When the activity starts ask these three people to stand or sit in front of the group and then have someone else read one of the embarrassing moments. Ask the audience members to begin asking questions of the three people in order to guess whose paper was read. The person whose paper was read must answer questions about the incident truthfully, but the other two may lie in order to try to fool the group.
     After many questions have been asked, ask the audience members to vote for the person that they thought the embarrassing moment happened to. After everyone votes, ask the person whom the story was about to reveal him/herself.
    Several rounds of this game may be played with a different group of three people up front each time.
 
(From the book Team-Building Activities for Every Group)

What Can You Do With This?
 
Objective
For people to begin to feel comfortable around one another and for everyone to give input when in a group discussion.
 
Group Size
4 or more
 
Materials
Any odd objects you can find
Paper
Pens or pencils
 
Description
Select an odd object prior to the activity that can be used to do many different things - a stapler remover, a wire whisk, kitchen tongs, a strainer, or anything else. Place this object in a paper bag.
Divide the large group into teams and give each team a piece of paper and pen or pencil. Pull the object out of the bag and say, "Each group needs to make a list of all of the things that this object can be used for - and be creative!"  Give a time limit. At the end of the time ask the groups to come back together and have one representative from each team share his/her team's list with the larger group. You may give points for each original item found on each list, for each item on a list, or no points at all and simply laugh at all the crazy ideas.
 
(From the book Team-Building Activities for Every Group)


Discussion Gift
 
Objective
To learn more about one another, to increase group interaction, and to have fun.
 
Group Size
6 or more
 
Materials
A gift
Wrapping paper
Tape
Questions written down on paper
 
Description
Select a gift that can be shared among the group (i.e., a bag of candy) and wrap it in many layers of paper with lots of tape. On each layer write a question, or tape one on that is written on paper. Each person takes a turn opening a layer of paper and must answer the question that is revealed when they unwrap their layer.
Make sure there are enough questions and layers of paper for each person in the group to answer one question.
The last question should be "If you get to the gift will you share it with the group? Why or why not?" Then allow the last person to choose whether or not to share the gift.
If your group is large, you may want to break them into smaller groups for this activity.
 
(From the book More Team-Building Activities for Every Group)


Candy Bar Story
 
Objective
For people to begin to feel comfortable around one another, and for everyone to give input when in a group discussion.
 
Group Size
4 or more
 
Materials
A variety of candy bars or candy in their wrappers
Tag board
Tape
Markers
 
Description
Divide the group into teams and give each team a mixed bag of candy bars or wrapped candies. Try to pick candies with unique names (i.e., $100,000 Bar®, Snickers®, Nerds®, etc.). Instruct the teams to write a story about themselves on the tag board using the names of the candies in their story and taping the candy onto the board where it goes. When all the stories are finished, have each team read theirs to the group, then allow them to eat the candy.
 
(From the book More Team-Building Activities for Every Group)

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