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Monday, February 16, 2015

Lava River


Objective: participants work together to move entire group across simulated “lava river”

Emphasis
·      Develop cohesion and teamwork
·      Enhance communication skills
·      Stimulate care and concern for others through individual and group responsibility
·      Identify or improve leadership potential
·      Establish support systems

Materials
·      A large open area, a hallway or gymnasium floor
·      One block, brick or rock for each participant (various sizes of cut 2”x4” work very well. Pick up scrap lumber, different shaped wood from a construction site or a piece of paper if you are really low on budget/time)

Instructions
·      Mark a start and finish line on the field
·      Give each participant one block. Explain the only place a team member can step is on the blocks
·      Team members lay down the blocks one at a time in a line toward the finish point, with team members standing on the blocks. It will be necessary to share blocks in order that an extra block is made available
·      Pass the extra block to the front team member who places it on the ground in front of him
·      Repeat this process until all have crossed the “lava river”

Variations
·      Have each member choose a block that represents them. then allow each member to share with the group the attributes that the block possesses that are similar to the individual. Do not give any instructions as to how to complete the task. Remind them the block represents themselves and others and they need to learn and practice using themselves and others as a support system
·      Teach social responsibility by establishing the rule that if one team member steps off the blocks or has some other miscue where the floor is touched, the entire team must return to the beginning to start the exercise again
·      Divide large groups into competing teams and challenge each other to the finish line, or race against set time
·      Give an extra block to the group, or take one block away
·      Blindfold a member of the group to increase care and responsibility for one another
·      Individuals must step on the blocks and not skate across the area on them
·      Do not give specific instructions, but tell group to figure out possibilities
The group must get everyone through an electric tunnel. No one can touch any of the interior or exterior sides of the tunnel or anything that is touching those sides. The group is provided with some “insulated blocks.” Location should be any open area where a tunnel can be improvised out of boxes, etc. or an area where a tunnel area

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1 comment:

  1. Kat,

    These posts are amazing! I am so excited to start using some of them!

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