When you reach that mid-week slump in the classroom when you all need a bit of a boost (and some fun), nothing works like a bit of an energiser to get the creative energy flowing again.
Each Wednesday we will be adding a new energiser or ice breaker style activity for you to do with different age groups in classroom/group settings.
This week’s energiser is focused around communication and the need to concentrate on the task at hand. It may be best suited to middle school and above age groups.
The Write Family
Have the entire group form a circle. Have each person write their name on a small piece of paper. Tell the group that you are going to read them a story. Every time they hear the words “right” or “left“, they are to pass their sheet of paper to their right or left, depending upon what they heard. Start reading slowly so they have a chance to catch on to what you want them to do.
One day, the Wright family decided to take a vacation. The first thing they had to decide was who would be left at home since there was not enough room in the Wright family car for all of them. Mr. Wright decided that Aunt Linda Wright would be the one left at home. Of course, this made Aunt Linda Wright so mad that she left the house immediately yelling, “It will be a right cold day before I return.”
The Wright family bundled up the children, Tommy Wright, Susan Wright, Timmy Wright, and Shelly Wright and got in the car and left. Unfortunately, as they turned out of the driveway, someone had left a trashcan in the street, so they had to turn right around and stop the car. They told Tommy Wright to get out of the car and move the trash can so they could get going. Tommy took so long that they almost left him in the street. Once the Wright family got on the road, Mother Wright wondered if she had left the stove on. Father Wright told her not to worry, he had checked the stove and she had not left it on. As they turned right at the corner, everyone started to think about the other things that they might have left undone.
No need to worry now, they were off on a right fine vacation. When they arrived at the gas station, Father Wright put gas in the car and then discovered that he had left his wallet at home. So Timmy Wright ran home to get the money that was left behind. After Timmy had left, Susan Wright started to feel sick. She left the car saying that she had to throw up. This of course got Mother Wright’s attention, and she left the car in a hurry. Shelly Wright wanted to watch Susan get sick, so she left the car too. Father Wright was left with Tommy Wright who was playing a game in the backseat.
With all of this going on, Father Wright decided that this was not the right time to take a vacation, so he gathered up all of the family and left the gas station as quickly as he could. When he arrived home, he turned left into the driveway and said, “I wish the Wright family had never left the house today!”
Follow up discussion:
- What made this activity difficult to accomplish?
- How hard was it to listen and pass the paper at the same time?
- How much of the story can you remember?
- What can this activity tell us about communication and trying to focus on two things at once?