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Group Games. Lynne Hughes-Guy Ramesh Mehay. Aims of this Session. Why Use Games How do you run a game? How do you build it into a programme? What types of games Examples of the greatest hits Pitfalls The booklet. The Life Cycle of a Group. Why Use Games. EDUCATIONAL Games are fun

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group games

Group Games

Lynne Hughes-Guy

Ramesh Mehay

aims of this session
Aims of this Session
  • Why Use Games
  • How do you run a game?
  • How do you build it into a programme?
  • What types of games
  • Examples of the greatest hits
  • Pitfalls
  • The booklet
why use games
Why Use Games
  • EDUCATIONAL
  • Games are fun
  • Experiential learning
  • Safe environment (& Receptiveness)
  • Flexibility & Relevance
  • Promotes change
  • GROUP DYNAMICS
  • Involvement
  • Promotes cohesiveness
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Motivates
  • Encourages responsibility
  • Framework & Structure
running the game
Running the Game
  • Game Preparation

- homework (game selection, practicalities)

  • The Activity

- giving instructions

- allocating roles

- ground rules

- playing the game

  • Reflection and Discussion

- importance of discussion

- phases of discussion

  • Review You Facilitator Role
reflection discussion
Reflection/Discussion

Phase 1 – expression of feelings

Phase 2 – thoughts

Phase 3 – planning for further action

Phase 4 – evaluate the game

4 things

encouraging participation
Make it Fun

Build trust

- ground rules

- avoid exlusion games

- feedback (give & take)

- acceptance

Participants feel valued

- being listened to

- democratic style of

leadership

Facilitator as a model

Facilitator’s personal qualities

Encouraging Participation
how to build it into a programme
How to build it into a programme

talk

game

film

group work

game

close

putting it into practice
Putting it into Practice

Brainteasers

Skill builder

Energisers

Icebreakers

Ground Rules

Openers

Activities for team building

Problems Main teaching Activity

Evaluation & Closure Games

Problem curers

types of games
Icebreakers

Ground rule setting games

Energisers

Brainteasers

Problem Curers

Skill builders

Closing Games

Evaluation games

Types of Games
icebreakers 1
Icebreakers (1)

The boring traditional one

What I

Learnt

Last Year

The most

Important

People in

My Life

What I like

To do

What I hold most dear

My famous 3 minutes

Hobies etc…

icebreakers 2
Icebreakers (2)
  • Write down 5 facts about yourself.
  • One must be a lie
  • Present yourself to the others
  • Others have to spot the lie
icebreakers 3
Icebreakers (3)

ANIMAL FINDER

  • Get some blank cards and write the name of four different animals several times
  • eg for a group of 12 : sheep x3, pig x3, cow x3, dog x3).
  • Give the cards out randomly..one to each person.
  • Ask the members to find each other by making an appropriate noise to that animal...but no speaking.
ground rule games
Ground Rule Games
  • Listen to others
  • Don’t put other people down
  • Respect Confidentiality & Trust
  • Show Respect
  • Don’t Interrupt others
  • Try to accept others views

TACADE, 1986

mid course energisers
Mid Course Energisers

DONT FALL INTO THE SEA

  • Lay out an appropriate number of chairs in a circle (according to your group size).
  • Get everyone to stand on the chairs.
  • The chairs are safety points floating in a sea which is full of sharks.
  • The task....the group has to arrange themselves in birth date order (day and month only....exclude the year).
  • BUT they must not fall into the sea!
brain teasers
Brain Teasers
  • See later for examples
problem curers 1
Problem Curers (1)
  • A Personal Talk
  • Talk Limitation Exercise

Dominant Talkers

problem curers 2
Problem Curers (2)
  • Challenging them
  • Get them to Observe
  • Using Matchsticks

Silent Sitters

skill builders
Skill Builders
  • Team building
  • Communication skills
  • Facilitator-Presenter skills
  • Learning
  • Perception & Lateral thinking games
  • Self management
lateral thinking 1
Lateral Thinking 1

LEFT PRICE

Answer: the price is right!

lateral thinking 2
Lateral Thinking 2

ESROH RIDING

lateral thinking 4
Lateral Thinking 4

G E

L

E N

I

S F

lateral thinking 6
Lateral Thinking 6

LISTING

LISTING

LISTING

LISTING

lateral thinking 8
Lateral Thinking 8

T P G

S P N

E I

lateral thinking 9
Lateral Thinking 9
  • FEET
  • HANDS
  • FACE
closing games
Closing Games
  • Each participant is handed pieces of paper
  • Each paper has the name of other participants
  • Each participant has to write “ I am glad I met XXX because…….”
  • The pieces of paper are distributed to the appropriate people and read when they get home
evaluation games
Evaluation Games
  • Lay out 5 chairs
  • Inform participants which is 1 and which is 5 (1 meaning bad, 5 good)
  • Ask a question
  • Participants have to stand behind the appropriate chair
  • Repeat with more questions
pitfalls why games don t work
Pitfalls – why games don’t work
  • Games not selectively chosen
  • Timing
  • Groups too big
  • Poor Briefing/Feedback rules?
  • Poor facilitation skills
why are we writing a booklet
Why are we Writing a Booklet
  • Loads of books on games
  • Most are boring and traditional
  • This will be a collection of greatest hits!……….real funny stuff
  • Also included, activities for specific purposes eg encouraging to talk
  • For intending and established trainers
when will it be ready
When Will It Be Ready?
  • How long is a piece of string?
  • No, seriously, within the next 6m
  • £150-00 per book (just kidding!)
  • Keep them coming in (email us)
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