Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Activities to help build a Friendship

Blindfolded Obstacle Course
This game teaches both trust and listening. Children are paired in groups of two: one plays the guide, the other the blindfolded child.
      Once groups are established, the groups face off in a race against each other though an obstacle course. The blindfolded child must navigate the course by following the commands of his partner. The guide yells commands like, "Left," "Right" or "Straight," along with warning the blind partner about upcoming obstacles.To make sure both children get equal exposure, make the game a two-way race. After the first blindfolded child has reached the end of the obstacle course, he/she switches positions with the guide and then guides his/her friend back over the course. The first team to complete a two-way journey wins.
I'm Your Friend
This game encourages children to learn to recognize their friend's voices. One child is chosen to be "it." The child who is "it" sits in front of the rest of the children, her eyes closed. One of the children in the group quietly walks up behind the chosen child and says, "I'm your friend," and then returns to his original seat. The child who is "it" must then guess who it was. It's important that the children who are not "it" do not trade places and that they speak in their normal voices, to assure a fair game.

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