Group games and activities are an effective way to teach and strengthen communication skills. With a few ideas and some planning, you have all you need to create communication games for a group of children or employees. Encourage the players to try their best by awarding small prizes or awards to game winners.
Try a couple of balloon activities to build communication. Have the group stand in a circle formation and toss a few balloons in the circle. Tell the players to hit the balloons in the air and to keep them in the air. Every 30 seconds, toss in two more balloons. Keep adding balloons until a balloon hits the ground. Tell the group that each time they play, the goal is to work together to keep more balloons in the air. For a harder variation, throw several different-colored balloons in the middle. Once all the balloons are in the air, tell the group they must keep only a certain color balloon afloat.
Divide the players into two groups and give each group a rope. Have all the players hold onto the rope and blindfold each player. When you say, “Go,” the groups must make a certain shape, such as a square or circle. The players communicate verbally together to form the shape as quickly as possible. The first team to make the correct shape wins the game. Another variation is to have the teams make symbols like peace signs or objects like a star.
Have each player pull out as many coins as they have in their pockets or wallets and place the coins on the table in front of them. If players do not have access to coins, give each player 10 pennies to use. Group the players into teams of three or four. Give the teams 10 minutes to design a logo with the pennies their team spirit. To add to the project, give the teams a few paper clips, pens and rubber bands to use. After 10 minutes, have one player stand up from each team. That player must describe what the team logo means and represents, and how they came up with the logo together. Another idea is to have everyone complete one large logo in 30 minutes.
Tell the entire group to stand in a circle and face the back of the player beside him. When you say, “Go,” the players must try to sit in the lap of the player behind him. To do so, players must communicate slowly and use verbal cues. If the circle breaks apart or if someone falls down, everyone must start over. Keep playing until everyone accomplishes the goal. Make this into a game by dividing the players into teams. Have the teams compete against each other to see who completes the task first.
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