Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Icebreaker game

Here are some pics of a game we played with the girls at the Girl's Home while on fieldwork. This is a game we made up to keep the girls occupied and give them something to laugh about, despite their circumstances.

In this game, everyone sits around a table with a blank piece of paper and a marker or crayon. The leader yells 'Go!' and everyone starts drawing a picture. It can be any picture of their choosing--a house, a flower, a cross, food, a face, etc. After 10 seconds, the leader yells 'Switch' and everyone gives their paper to the person to their right (or left) who then adds to the drawing. After another 10 seconds you switch again and the third person adds to the drawing. This continues until the owner receives their drawing.

This is a fun game because when you receive your drawing it's interesting to see what the others in the group have added to it. Sometimes the pictures are drawn very well, sometimes they are silly and other times they are nonsensical. But it's great to talk and laugh about what others have added to the drawings.

Although we played this game with teens, I think this would be a great game to play with kids.The excitement doesn't last very long (one of the girls said 'ok, this is getting boring' after about 3 rounds), but it's a lot of fun while you're playing and it's a great icebreaker.

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