Great Group Games: 175 Boredom-Busting, Zero-Prep Team Builders for All Ages

Great Group Games: 175 Boredom-Busting, Zero-Prep Team Builders for All Ages


By (author) Susan Ragsdale

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  • Publisher: Search Institute
  • Format: Paperback | 226 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 230mm x 14mm | 374g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Minneapolis
  • ISBN 10: 1574821962
  • ISBN 13: 9781574821963
  • Sales rank: 205,138

Product description

Whether it's the kick-off of an event, a 20-minute gap between functions, or an all-day or multiday retreat, this sourcebook suggests a wide array of solutions for keeping young people upbeat, engaged, and unified. Offering icebreakers, `straight-up` games, and reflection activities, the book provides instructions for staging meaningful, fun interactions that encourage participants to think. Games are organized in sections identifying various stages of group-building, ranging from establishing foundational relationships and building upon them to transitions and celebrations. Among the games included are: Change Over--turn a tarp completely over while always remaining on the tarp; Common Ground--`Which team has the most in common?`; and You're a Star--team members guess whose celebrity name is on their backs. Details on timing and supplies are also featured for each activity.

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Author information

Susan Ragsdale and Ann Saylor are nationally recognized trainers and program consultants in the youth and community development field. As cofounders of the Center for Asset Development, they have equipped youth and adults in agencies such as the YMCA of the USA, Americorps, and the Tennessee Department of Health. They are the coauthors of `Building Character from the Start,` `Great Group Games for Kids,` and `Ready to Go Service Projects.` Susan Ragsdale lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Ann Saylor lives in Pleasant View, Tennessee.

Review quote

`An excellent handbook to remind us of the importance of play to learning about all the important lessons of life.` --Sue Allen, executive director, Wisconsin Positive Youth Development Initiative, Inc.

Table of contents

Introduction: Faceoff; The Farm Team; Shipping Out; The Learning Curve; Into the Oil Patch; Solo; Corporate Connections; Catching Fire; Toughing It Out; The Puck Stops Here; Giving Back; Family Matters; Epilogue: Third-Period Thoughts; Index.