(TOPIC: BRAIN STRETCHERS)
YOU WILL NEED A TENNIS BALL FOR THIS ONE.
EVERYONE SITTING OR STANDING IN A CIRCLE.
YOU GIVE ONE PERSON THE BALL, AND ASK HIM (OR HER) TO STAND IN THE MIDDLE AND NAME AS MANY WORDS AS POSSIBLE THAT START WITH A ’P’ (OR ANY OTHER LETTER), IN THE TIME IT TAKES FOR THE BALL TO GET PASSED ALONG THE CIRCLE. DOUBLES DON’T COUNT, OBVIOUSLY.
EACH STUDENT IS ALLOCATED A PARTNER WHO COUNTS AND REPORTS THE NUMBER (OR THE TEACHER COUNTS AND KEEPS SCORE).
CHANGE THE PERSON AND THE LETTER AND HAVE ANOTHER GO.
TELL STUDENTS NOT TO WATCH THE BALL GO AROUND WHEN THEY’RE ’IT’ - THEY’LL JUST PANIC AND FREEZE. TELL THEM TO TRY THIS WITH CLOSED EYES.
PAIR UP THE STUDENTS AND USE A STOPWATCH. ASK THE STUDENTS ON THE LEFT TO NAME AS MANY WORDS AS POSSIBLE STARTING WITH A ’T’, AND ASK THEIR PARTNERS TO COUNT, FOR 15 OR 20 SECONDS. THEN SWITCH.
PURPOSE: STRETCHING THE BRAIN, THINKING CREATIVELY AND GETTING ENERGIZED AT THE START OF A DAY.
ACTIVITIES FOR PASTORAL CARE & WELLBEING CLASSES
All activities have been adapted by Unleashing Personal Potential from www.improvencyclopedia.org, www.reachout.com, www.playmeo.com, www.tom.edu.au, and through years of practice in education. Thanks to the many educators who have contributed to this list of tried and tested activities.
For more activities like this (and much more), check out THRIVE Online Lesson Modules for Pastoral Care and Wellbeing.