Ambitious, athletic, artistic and altruistic, - there are plenty more words that begin with "A" that create a positive description of people we know or even of ourselves. Thinking of new words from A to Z that are descriptive of the people we know is the purpose of this game, and with added competition it's lots of fun. The best part, though, is getting to hear positive descriptive words about yourself at the end of this fast paced thinking game.
For group members to increase self-esteem by recognizing the positive traits that exist in each other.
People who could benefit from hearing positive comments about themselves in order to improve their own self-esteem. Group members should be familiar with each other.
4 to 20 participants
Pens or pencils
A timer or stopwatch
An envelope filled with the letters of the alphabet (written on small slips of paper)
Divide the group into two even teams and ask each team to write down on one piece of paper all the names of the people on their team and on the other team. Once all the names are written down, select a letter of the alphabet from the envelope. Inform the teams what letter was chosen and give them two minutes to work as a team to think of a positive word, or words beginning with the chosen letter that describes each person. For example, if the letter H was chosen and the names John, Amy, and Craig were on the list my team may come up with:
John - Hard worker
Amy - Honest, Humble
Craig - Handsome
Once the time limit is up bring the two teams together and ask them to each read their list to the group. For added fun and competition you may give each team a point for every word on their list that isn't on the other team's list.
Play as many rounds of this game as you have time for. You may want to make specific rules for the activity (i.e. you must think of at least one word for each person on the list). The discussion may be held at the end of the game or hold a short discussion after each round.
1. How do you feel about the words that were chosen to describe you?
2. Were you surprised by any of the words used to describe you? If so why?
3. Did anyone give any ideas for the a word that you would use to describe yourself ?
4. Is it easy or hard to think of positive words to describe others? Yourself? Why?
- Don't give a time limit; instead give bonus points to the team that thinks of a word to describe everyone on the list first.
- With a large group don't include your own team on your list, instead just think of words to describe the members of the other team, or break the group up into more than two teams.
(From the book 104 Activities That Build: Self-Esteem, Teamwork, Communication, Anger Managment, Self-Discovery, and Coping Skills)