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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

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

  • Experiential learning

  • Safe environment (& Receptiveness)

  • Flexibility & Relevance

  • Promotes change

  • GROUP DYNAMICS

  • Involvement

  • Promotes cohesiveness

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Motivates

  • Encourages responsibility

  • Framework & Structure


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

Phase 1 – expression of feelings

Phase 2 – thoughts

Phase 3 – planning for further action

Phase 4 – evaluate the game

4 things


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

talk

game

film

group work

game

close


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


Icebreakers

Ground rule setting games

Energisers

Brainteasers

Problem Curers

Skill builders

Closing Games

Evaluation games

Types of Games


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)

  • Write down 5 facts about yourself.

  • One must be a lie

  • Present yourself to the others

  • Others have to spot the lie


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

  • 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

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

  • See later for examples


Problem Curers (1)

  • A Personal Talk

  • Talk Limitation Exercise

Dominant Talkers


Problem Curers (2)

  • Challenging them

  • Get them to Observe

  • Using Matchsticks

Silent Sitters


Skill Builders

  • Team building

  • Communication skills

  • Facilitator-Presenter skills

  • Learning

  • Perception & Lateral thinking games

  • Self management


Lateral Thinking 1

LEFT PRICE

Answer: the price is right!


Lateral Thinking 2

ESROH RIDING


Lateral Thinking 3

S

M

O

K

E


Lateral Thinking 4

GE

L

EN

I

SF


Lateral Thinking 5

TEEXAMRM


Lateral Thinking 6

LISTING

LISTING

LISTING

LISTING


Lateral Thinking 7

FORGOTTE


Lateral Thinking 8

T P G

S P N

E I


Lateral Thinking 9

  • FEET

  • HANDS

  • FACE


Lateral Thinking 10

ME/REPEAT


Lateral Thinking 11

BONBNET


Lateral Thinking 12

PERSON


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

  • 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

  • Games not selectively chosen

  • Timing

  • Groups too big

  • Poor Briefing/Feedback rules?

  • Poor facilitation skills


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?

  • 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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