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THE TALLEST TOWER
Divide the materials into bags but make sure you divide them unequally e.g. One bag may have 10 sheets of paper and 1 lollystick, another may have 12 coffee stirrers and 3 cups etc.
THE TALLEST TOWER
Whole group questions:
If the groups didn’t work together:
If the groups did work together:
SET UP: Read out the following scenario
“A light aircraft makes an emergency crash landing leaving you lost in the middle of a dense tropical forest on the edge of a swamp swarming with mosquitoes. It’s extremely hot and humid and night is falling. You’ve lost all radio contact and nobody knows where you are.
Then someone shouts ‘Quick, get out! The plane is about to explode!’ You have a few minutes to grab some essential items and get out – you have your mobile with you, but there’s unlikely to be a signal. You’re dressed but you don’t have a coat. There are several items close enough to take before the plane bursts into flames – what will you choose?”
Hand out the Lost List below and ask each young person to spend a few minutes thinking about what items would be most important for survival – stress that there are no ‘right’ answers.
ACTIVITY: Divide the group into smaller groups and ask them to discuss their personal choices before agreeing a team list. The rules are these:
Allow about 20 minutes for discussion and to agree the list. As activity leader, you may answer questions about the plane crash and the circumstances that the survivors find themselves in but you can’t offer opinions as to what they should take.
FEEDBACK: Invite each team to present their list and explain their choices. How easy was it to agree the choices? Was it easier or harder to make the decisions as a team? What were the benefits of a teamwork approach?
Common Ground: Divide young people into teams and give them a piece of paper and a pen. Now ask them to work together to make a list of all the things they have in common – liking the same kind of music or enjoying the same kind of sport. Each item on the list must be something ALL the group agree on and you can’t list body parts e.g. ‘We all have a nose’ (though you could list physical similarities like ‘we all have blue eyes’). Put a time limit on the activity and let the groups know when they have 1 minute left, then 30 seconds, then countdown ten to zero. When time is up, ask each team to read out their list – you can give a small prize to the group with the longest list. Encourage a discussion about the ways in which we’re all the same and ways in which we’re all different and how we can all work together.
Diversity Bingo: Use the card below or adapt as you like. Each young person has a copy of the bingo card and must try and find other young people to help them complete it. When they find a young person who... They must get them to write their name in the box on their card. The first person to complete their card shouts ‘Bingo!’ and wins the game. Diversity bingo is a great opportunity for young people to fins out more about each other, learn each other’s names and break down barriers. You can ask young people to feed back on what they found out and what surprises there were.
Egg & Newspaper Towers (thanks to Loic Flory): Quite simply, the aim is to build the tallest tower that will support an egg! Divide the group into teams of even numbers and give each team a newspaper, a raw egg and a roll of sticky tape. Each team has 10 minutes to build the tallest tower to support their egg - remember, the egg must be able to sit on top of the tower without falling off and without being held on by your hands or sticky tape! As leader, you could count down the last 10 seconds or play the music from ‘Countdown’. Now see which team has the tallest tower and is the winner! In your debrief focus on what it was like to work as a team, what problems there were and how you solved them. As leader, observe the roles that young people adopt in their groups (leader, follower, innovator, doer, thinker) and introduce these into the discussion asking young people why they adopted that role, were they happy with that role or would they have preferred to do something different?
You’ll also need something to build a slop to race down. Divide the group into at least 2 teams and ask them to plan and build a machine to enter into the race. Emphasise team work and co-operation at each stage of the process. Allow about an hour for planning and building and then hold the race – this could be a simple one off (which machine travels fastest) or a series of knockouts. Each team is allowed to give their machine one starting push. Now review the process asking young people what they learnt and how it felt to work together in a team.
There are plenty of fun balloon games and you can find more here
Balloons in the Air: Make sure each young person has a balloon. Ask them to write their name on it and then to blow it up. When you shout ‘go!’ the aim of the game is simply to see who can keep their balloon in the air longest whilst trying to burst other people’s balloons!
Balloon Stomp: A variation on ‘Balloons in the Air’ is to tie the balloon to your ankle with a piece of string and see who can keep their balloon intact whilst bursting everybody else’s balloons by stomping on them!
Fire in the Hole: this is a good group balloon activity – give each group member (3-5 young people) a balloon and instruct them to position them at about belly button level. Now they need to move together so the balloons are held in place. When each group is ready, shout ‘fire in the hole!’. This is the cue for each group to start squeezing together until all their balloons are burst – you can make this a race with the first group to succeed winning a prize. If any group is having trouble bursting their balloon invite other young people to join in!
Balloon Modelling: modelling balloons are cheap, fun and creative. Split the group into teams and give them some modelling balloons (you may also need to provide balloon pumps). Now call out objects for the teams to model and give them a time limit in which to create their masterpieces – the more strange and interesting the objects you choose, the better! After each round ask all the teams to vote for the best model and award a small prize each round and/or keep score and award a prize to the best overall team.
Download the Woodland Trust summer activity pack here:
Water games, relay races and more:
Fun Attic have some great fun outdoor games:
Healthy Picnics has games for different settings & age groups:
Outdoor games that don’t need any equipment:
Youth Work practice has 2000 games to choose from:
Outdoor youth group games:
SALTO Youth has links to some great resources:
Youth Group Games has games for 2 players to whole group:
DESIGN YOUR OWN GAME
Equipment: bats, balls of various sizes, cones, posts, bean bags, hoops – use your imagination!
Aim: to create your own team game!
Directions: Divide the group into smaller groups and tell them they’ll be making up their own team game – they’ll need to think about what equipment they’ll need, rules, playing area etc. Give the groups 5-10 minutes to think about their idea then give each group a few minutes to get their equipment. Allow about 30 minutes of playing time for each group to get their game up and running and then ask each group to name their game and demonstrate it! As an extension, get everyone to try out all the games to see which is the easiest to pick up, most playable, clearest rules etc.
Outcome: this is a great activity for encouraging team work and creativity – plus you’ll have some fantastic unique games to use in the future!
One of the biggest events of the summer is the Glastonbury Festival. Imagine if you were given the chance to decide the line up for the biggest music festival of them all! Use this side of the sheet to decide your fantasy festival line up – it’s up to you to decide which acts are going to appear – you can theme each of your evenings or have a real musical mash up. Maybe there are some great bands from the past you’d like to have seen live or you want to showcase the best of now. Decide on your top 5 acts for each evening and list them below. Then flip the page over and design a poster to promote your very own fantasy festival!
The Alphabet Game is very simple to play with just a few rules:
Thanks to Flory Loic for the layout & rules!