Classroom situations, especially those covering life skills, can encourage children to dig deep into themselves. Activities that are light-hearted, quick and fun can help break the tension and renew group energy. Games can be used at any stage of the session. Some games have a specific purpose and some simply raise or lower the energy level. It is important to adapt games to suit the needs of your group. We have used every single one of these games and we know that they work! We hope you enjoy using them with children!
At the conclusion of this game, you could open a discussion of how the children felt about belonging to or being left out of groups.
The fun of this game is that the body must stay together while the chasing goes on. None of the players may let go of the players in the front.
This game is a useful problem-solving game. Children make an inner and outer circle with partners facing each other.
This game increases the energy of the group. Play it after lunch or mid afternoon when energy levels are usually at their lowest! It is also a good way to divide children into groups. Here is an example of the game where 25 children divided into 5 groups of 5 children in each group.
At the end of this game, the ‘fruit groups’ can be used as working groups for another activity.
You need a ball for this activity.
Note that the number called may not be higher than seven times the number of people in the group (so for three people, the highest number is 21), it may be lower than the number of people in the group (for example, a group of four can go as low as two points by giving piggy-backs while standing on one leg!).
This exercise helps to show what is meant by working as part of a team. The children may go through a frustrating time during the game. Ensure they understand the instructions before the game begins.
Final Discussion: Ask the children how they feel about the game. Observers make their comments and the relevant players can say why they broke the rules. Conclusions emerge about working together for example:
This game develops the idea that we must value what everyone has to say and give shy or quiet people ‘room’ to contribute.
This game emphasises the benefits of working together agreeing an idea before starting a project.
Many children raise the point that if they had agreed on an idea before they began, they would have been able to make a better drawing.
Explain to children that they will be given a theme and they immediately have to form a frozen action relating to that theme. If the educator approaches and touches them, they can unfreeze and start the actions. For example: The theme is ‘Park’. A child might freeze in a pose which shows they are playing with a ball. If the educator touches them, they can do this action – running or throwing a ball. Ideas for themes: Park, Railway station, Hospital, Market, Forest.
If the children have trouble whistling then they could use humming or clapping instead.
This game is about putting complete trust in a team and the importance of trust and team work.
The game goes on until children guess who the virus carrier is before the person has had a chance to wink at them.
This is a good game to use if the activity has involved problem-solving activities.
This activity is particularly suitable if the children are graduating from the programme. Be careful to keep the activity positive. Endings are always a little sad so be sure to emphasise the positive things that you have all earned together so that moving on feels positive.