Begin by inviting everyone to find a partner and link elbows. Next, instruct each pair to take a stroll together and find three things they have in common - the more unique or unusual the commonalities, the better, This combination of walking and talking is an active way to move a group and encourage the group to focus on what they have in common. You can also use this activity when you are moving a group from Point A to Point B. Explain the activity and then invite them to find commonalities as they walk from here to there.
Other than commonalities I've asked pairs to talk about what they like to do when they have free time, or talk about favorite things like movies, vacations, holidays, or restaurants. Other topics could be hopes and dreams, fears and failures (with the right groups), or what would they do if they didn't have to work or go to school every/all day. The act of "strolling" around side-by-side together seems to help open up the mind to truthful sharing. Check out the blog post from John Dupre called Side-by-Side on this context of communication. (Thanks Linda, a FUN Follower, for sharing this thought provoking post!)
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Have FUN out there my friends.
Chris Cavert, Ed.D.
Dr. Chris Cavert is an internationally known author, speaker, and trainer in the area of adventure-based activity programming and its relation to community and pro-social behavior development.
This blog is a space for hands-on programable fun - energetic activities and ideas that can be used as a means to bring people together; activities and ideas we as educators can add to our social development curriculums.