Energizers

Objectives

  • To increase energy level of group
  • To facilitate active participation in a lesson

Materials

WHO AM I?

  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Tape

CATEGORIES

  • None

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE

  • Scrap paper
  • Pens

LOOK UP AND SCREAM!

  • None

PENGUINS

  • None

Prepare Before

Varies by activity.


Experience

Choose 1 (or more!) of the following activities:

WHO AM I? (15 MINUTES)

Write the names of people or characters on individual pieces of paper. The names may be of real or fictional characters, living or dead. Don’t let the group see the names ahead of time. Tape one paper on the back of each participant. You can either have the participants pair up, or let people mingle around the group and ask each other questions to try to figure out “Who am I?” Participants can only ask questions that have yes or no answers such as “Am I a real person?”; “Am I a woman?”; or “Am I on television?”

 

CATEGORIES (15 MINUTES)

Participants sit in a circle and clap to a beat. One participant chooses a topic (e.g., musical artists). While everyone is clapping to the same beat, one participants starts the group off by saying something in that category (e.g., a music artist’s name). The beat can’t stop, and one by one in a clockwise order, each participant says something in that category (e.g., a music artist’s name). Items cannot be repeated (e.g., if someone says Michael Jackson, no one else can say his name). You can then move onto other topics (e.g., fruits, cities, colors).

 

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE (10 MINUTES)

Each person has to think of three statements to share with the group about him or herself, two of which are true and one of which is a lie. Everyone else in the group tries to guess which statement is the lie after each person shares the three statements. Hint: Hand out index cards or scrap paper and have participants take a few minutes before beginning the activity to think about what they are going to say. This will keep the truths and lies varied and will help the activity to move more smoothly.

 

LOOK UP AND SCREAM! (5-10 MINUTES)

Have participants stand in a close circle. Instruct everyone to look down at their shoes. On the count of three have the participants look up and pick one person to look at. If that person is looking back at them (rather than at someone else), both people scream! This is a loud, fun activity.

 

PENGUINS (10 MINUTES)

Have participants break into pairs. Tell each pair to decide on a sound that they could recognize each other by, such as a loud animal noise. Then tell them to close their eyes and walk around silently. When you say so, have them make their sounds as loud as possible to find their partners with their eyes still shut. Once they find their partners, they can open their eyes and leave the group and watch the remaining partners try to find each other.