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Challenging Warm-up Activities

Hug of War
I will not play at tug o'war,
I'd rather play at hug o'war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.

-Shel Silverstein


Count Up!

This is a good activity for 6 to 10 people who have good cognitive abilities. The idea is for the group to count to 10. Here are the rules for 10 people in the group:

  1. Someone in the group starts out by saying "one"
  2. The next person (at random) says "two." This continues until all 10 numbers are counted.
  3. Once a person says a number, they are out of the current game.
  4. If two or more people yell out the same number, the group must re-start the game.
  5. If there 3 or 4 seconds passes between numbers, the group has to start over.
  6. The group cannot setup a pattern or signal someone to say a number. The same person cannot start the game each time. Participants take turn yelling out a number at random.
  7. The group "wins" when they count from 1 to 10 successfully within the given rules.
  8. If there are less than 10 participants, each person can say a number twice.

This is a lively game that is sure to induce laughter... and sometimes frustration if the group "don't get it." More than likely though, they will succeed, resulting a great "hurrah!"


Dollar or Pencil Jump

Size of group: 1 to 10

Equipment: a dollar bill or a pencil or a sheet of paper the size of a dollar.

Focus: Getting the groups attention! Have you had a group where you can't get their attention or that is disjointed? Try this challenge activity and warm up the group quickly.

Description: Lay down a dollar bill on the ground and challenge each person to jump over the bill length wise. What makes the jump difficult is that the person must hold onto their toes with their hands as they jump. They cannot let go of their toes as they jump. The individual who succeeds in jumping the bill collects the dollar.

Send your favorite challenging warm-up activities to C. Dixon.

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