If you are working at a preschool or are trying to teach some things to a group of kids I will list a few personal growth activities for groups that you can put into practice with them, but the main focus will be on the second part, activities for adults in a work-space. I highly recommend that you continue your read about these topics after finishing this short article.
Adding a few hours of group activities each semester can bring up the camaraderie feeling inside your workgroup. Your employees will know more about each other, will learn new abilities and as a final result, the group will be close together and will be able to communicate more efficiently among themselves (and even with the customers).
This kind of personal development activities will teach the kids essential abilities like strength in their little hands, coordination, creativity, reasoning, and some social interactions and are very simple and fun.
- Playing with sand
This will give them some good knowledge of coordination, more if they already know how to use the trucks and shovels, and will incentive some motricity and coordination as well.
- Drawing and painting
A very common activity to pass the time is also one of the ones that you kids will look up the most in their 20´s when they are deciding what career to follow and what to base their life upon. It is also a very good self-awareness activity if you ask them to draw themselves or their surroundings.
The creativity that these fun toys provide is just that good that even adults continue to build amazing LEGO figures in their free time.
- Board Games
A great set up for another life skills according to the games; numbers with monopoly, logic with chess, card games are also in this category. You can get one Here!
- Cardboard Boxes
This is not only a cheap way but also an extremely efficient way of making your child practice their imagination amazingly, as it can be a car, a home, a bed, storage, etc etc.
Now we go to some office games that can help your employees grow as individuals and as a team:
- EXPLORE YOUR VALUES
– Handle your employees some post its, 10 or 12 should do.
– Ask then to write in each of them the things that they value the most; family, their pets, their couple, money, traveling, etc.
– When they are done, ask them to pick and choose to remove the three less important ones in a fixed time, like 30 seconds.
– Repeat the process until they are left with three or four cards.
– Whenever they are left with their most important values ask them to reflect on them, like how they feel about what they are left with, or how those values reflect in their everyday lives.
- Feedback: Start, Stop, Continue
This activity is like an invisible friend but with feedback towards the growth of the team and every individual on it.
– Making small groups of 4 or 5 individuals, give them a pre-written post-it that has a format similar to:
I would like you to start… ________
I would like you to stop… ________
I would like you to continue… ______
Written by: _____
-The message can be written towards a group or individual and can be signed or left unsigned.
-By the end you will collect every post it and read them out loud in front of every colleague, talking and addressing exclusive things.
- Clear Communication
With this personal growth activity for groups, you will improve the ability of your team to communicate clearly what they are trying to convey.
-Start by picking up some topics that have a lot of examples (Like things that are in the kitchen) and put them folded into a bowl.
-Make one of the employees pick a paper from inside the bowl and start to list things to make the others guess the category
-The number of seconds that each one takes is the point that they are given each round, and by the end, the ones with the least amount of points will be the ones that have clearer communication capabilities and the ones with the most points will need to work to improve theirs.
- The Tower
For this one, you can train your employees to work together and create effective solutions.
-Separate them into diverse groups, it does not matter how many of you have enough materials to give to all of them
-Now give them similar materials that are not very strong by themselves, like cardboard, newspapers, water bottles, chairs, etc, and ask them to build the tallest free-standing structure in 15 or 20 minutes.
-This activity is extremely fun and competitive, as well as helping them to overcome problems and work together.
The winning team earns the amazing prize of not cleaning up after.
- Papel Planes
– Separate them into pairs and ask them to write a few characteristics that define both members.
– Ask them to fold the best paper plane they can with the written paper.
– Make them face against a wall and each pair will throw their planes without the other teams seeing which one is from each group.
– When every team had thrown their planes, pick up the one that flew the most, and read the listed traits to all other participants.
– Every group has to make a guess on what pair is it and explain their choice for a little.
This game has no winners and builds up an amazing camaraderie feeling as most people will write good traits and even when guessing another pair they will be explaining good characteristics about it.
If they are not enough participants, it is also good to do this project by dividing the employees into individual teams as it can become more personal.
And for the ending, we will list that simply changing the recurrent task of anyone (Child or adult) will help them to explore different abilities and experiences.
A child needs to constantly switch up their toys and an adult needs to have some variety in their job, may be changing its position for a day or a week with another colleague on the same tasks, maybe having to do a special project now and then that requires developing new abilities. If they get bored, their focus will shift, and will not be able to study and/or perform accordingly.
We hope that these personal growth activities for groups came in handy!
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