Mixers are a great way to introduce your group to one another. While I don’t usually share mixers on the blog, I have had some requests, so I will be sharing a few of my favorites over the next month.
PREP TIME– None
ITEMS NEEDED– A list of groups to reorganize in to (see below)
GAME TIME– 5-10 Minutes
PARTICIPANTS– Everyone divided into groups of 10-20 (larger groups, larger teams)
This is about as simple as it gets when it comes to games. Teams will race against one another to see who can successfully organize themselves from beginning to end based on the topic given. Then it is time to Move It or Lose It!
Some example categories are:
- Height (an easy one to get the ball rolling)
- Grade (from earliest to furthest along)
- Birthdate (youngest to oldest)
- States or Cities (alphabetical from A-Z – if playing states, have same states default to cities)
- Number of times they’ve been to Disneyland (feel free to substitute another locale)
- First or Last Name (alphabetical from A-Z)
- Favorite Pet’s Name (alphabetical from A-Z)
- Number of states visited in lifetime (from least to greatest)
- Eye Color (reverse alphabetical order)
- Favorite Teacher’s Name (alphabetical from A-Z)
- School (alphabetical from A-Z)
There are a million ways to play Move It or Lose It that are unique to your group. The main point is to allow your group to find things out about each other that they may not have already known.
When playing the game, make sure to have someone who can verify whether or not each group has lined up correctly or not. Once they are lined up in a single-file line correctly, that team wins a point for the round. The team with the most points at the end is the winner!
1. If you only have enough participants for one team, set a time limit and have them race the clock.
2. Have enough leaders and/or volunteers to help verify the group is in the right order. You don’t want to be the one checking this if you are hosting the game, otherwise it just takes too long.
3. If you’re on a trip (not while you’re driving!), take a brief pit stop and play the game in the bus or van you have. Call out a category and have them line up from front to back in the vehicle, just watch the gear shift. 🙂
4. If you have guests in your group, make sure to observe some of their answers. These can serve as great conversation starters for you in the future!