Here’s a great activity that focuses on specific goals. If your group needs to increase in unity and friendship, this is an activity for you.
Goals: Activity Day Girls went to three different schools and cliques were forming. The leaders wanted to encourage girls to include everyone, increase friendship in activity days and become more united.
One family member was invited to attend the event with them.
Gathering Game: Bingo Board where they had to find someone who has been to Hawaii, or has a brother, etc to sign their paper. There was also a photo booth and a display about each girl with their photo and information sheet already filled out.
Opening Prayer and Welcome
Buddy Find: girls sat down at a long table, which had pictures hidden under the chairs. They each had to find girl with matching picture who would be their buddy for the evening. The point of this was to break up cliques a bit and give them a chance to get to know someone new.
Stations (Carnival Games): Girls rotated to different games with their buddy. Each game had ‘getting to know you’ questions incorporated and they earned tickets at each station.
LIST OF GAMES:
beach ball game
bean bag toss
Share: After all of the activities, each girl introduced their buddy to the rest of the group and shared one thing they learned about each other.
Speaker: The talk was fabulous. The speaker brought a “friendship toolbox” and had the girls come up to help her teach what it means to be a true friend. Items included in the toolbox were: a defensive shield, a listening ear, giant glasses to look for needs, cheerleading pom pom, heart to love and Cinderella’s crown (have courage & be kind). She did a fantastic job connecting with the girls and challenged them to be friendly to all around them, and also to be a true friend to everyone in our activity days group. It was an age-appropriate and interactive way to learn about the importance of friendship. She asked for examples from the group and used some personal stories to illustrate the tools in the toolbox.
Food & Prizes: mini sodas, hot dogs, cookies, popcorn and favors that they could buy with tickets
This activity had some very specific goals and everything they did focused on accomplishing those goals. They created a safe and fun atmosphere where the girls could learn about and build memories with someone new. It was a success at every step. What wonderful leaders to see the needs of their girls and carry out the activity with great love and care for each individual.
This was a great format for addressing a problem in an engaging way.