104 Activities That Build - Self-Esteem, Teamwork, Communication, Anger Management, Self-Discovery, Coping Skills


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The interesting thing through the activities exposed in this book is to promote self-discovery.
It's one of the foundation that can many beneficial outcomes in a child development.


Introduction

Teaching, learning, growing and changing by playing games? Is this possible?
Games are powerful tools.
Games have therapeutic value in themselves.
Families are encouragedto build better relationships with each other by playing together and by participating in games that are enjoyable and fun for all.
Games get you involved with other people, build relationships among individuals.

The discussion that takes place during a game or afterwards is the most important element in a therapeutic game.
THE BIG WIND BLOWS (page 208) is a game in the self-discovery section that is a good example of a simple game that can be changed into a therapeutic learning experience by simply discussing the things that occurred during the game.
Some examples of issues that arise out of this simple game are: how differences and similarities are found in the group, who likes to be the center of attention and who shies away from it, appropriate social skills and comments, cheating issues, self-esteem (not putting down others or not being afraid to say what you like), taking risk, listening skills, and physical exercise.
Without a discussion these important moments of discovery would be overlooked and the chance for people to learn more from this game would be lost.

therapy is about growing and stretching emotionally so that they can overcome obstacles, and that stepping out of one's comfort zone and trying new things is the best way for them to grow and to change their lives for the better.

Getting people to think about what they have just done during a game is a powerful way for them to learn about themselves.
One of most effective ways to use games in therapy is to point out behaviors as they occur rather than waiting for a later discussion.

Without even knowing a group of people, I can put a teamwork challenge before them and by watching learn who is a dominant leader, who is passive, shy, or who has a low self-esteem.
I can see who is afraid of rejection, who tries to assert power over others, who is a good leader, etc.

Fames and activities

Create a country


Objective

For people to get together as a group and participate in a group decision making process.

Who

People who need to learn to work with others as a member of a group when the group must make decisions together.

Description

groups of two to ten members each. Provide each group with the following information:
"You and a group of people have claimed an uninhabited island as a new country. You have been selected to be the new government. Your first assignment is to make the following decisions and accomplish the following tasks…"

Discussion Prompts

  1. How were decisions made in your group?
  2. Is everyone happy with what was decided? Why or why not?
  3. What things are important to remember when making group decisions? 4. What role do you usually take when making decisions with others?
  4. How can you tell if a group has been successful when making a decision? 6. Why is it important to be able to make decisions as a member of a group?

Garbage Art

Objective

For a group of people to make decisions together, work together and to create a piece of art together.

Who

People who need to learn how to work with others on a group project by practicing making decisions and communicating with others.

Materials

Description

Place all of the items in a pile so that group members may select items to be used in their sculpture.

Discussion Prompts

  1. How did you and the other members of your group decide which pieces of garbage to use? 2. How did you decide what to build?
  2. Was everyone included in the decision process? If not, why? If so, how?
  3. What unique thing did each person in the group contribute to the project?
  4. Why is it important to be able to work on group projects with other people?

Art Supplies

Creative coloring

Objective

For each person to contribute to a group project and for the group to work together as a team.

Who

People who need to practice using teamwork by working closely with others to finish a group project.
4 to 12 participants

Materials

Description

Give each member of the group a different colored marker, this will be the only color they can use for this project.
The group must now create a picture, using all of the colors.
For example if the picture contains a tree the person with the brown marker will draw the tree trunk and the person with the green will then draw the leaves.

Discussion Prompts

  1. Was this a difficult task for the group? Why or why not?
  2. How did you work as group to complete the picture?
  3. Is everyone in the group happy with the picture that was created'? Why or why not? 4. Is it easier to do things by yourself or with others?
  4. Why is it important to be able to work with others as a member of a team'?

Variations