Act and React

Duration: 30-45 Mins

Group Size: 6-20

Materials Needed: Paper, Pens.

Set-Up: None

Principal Tie-in: Mutual Respect

Directions:

·      Have everyone think of random scenarios that could happen.

·      Write your scenario down and mix them with the rest of the group.

·      One player will draw a paper and they will act out what happened on the paper.

·      The goal is to guess what was written down.

·      Consider forming teams and giving points to the team who correctly guesses the paper first.

Principal Application: Finish the activity with a discussion. Do we feel like we are in control of how we react to things? Has someone overreacted in a surprising way to something they didn’t understand completely? What was a time when you jumped to conclusions and reacted before understanding the issue completely?

Collaborative Drawing

Duration: 30-45 mins

Group Size: 8-16

Materials Needed: Paper, pens/pencils

Set-Up: None

Principal Tie-in: Mutual Respect

Directions:

·      Fold your paper into sections accordion style, done so that when fold the only visible part is what you are working on.

·      When you are done drawing fold it so that the only visible part is the next section the that the following person will draw on.

·      When you hand the paper off make sure you draw a little bit onto their section so they know where to start their drawing.

·      Keep passing the paper until the drawing is complete.

·      Consider choosing a theme, like a portrait, a animal, etc.

Principal Application: Begin with a discussion. When has someone else helped you complete a task? What are some benefits to working in a group? Has it ever been hard to respect someone’s ideas but then later you see the value in them, how so?

Friendly Debate

Duration: 15-30 Mins

Group Size: 8-16

Materials Needed: None

Set-Up: None

Principal Tie-in: Mutual Respect

Directions:

·      Propose a silly question or topic.

·      For example, tacos or pizza, is water wet, is a hot dog a sandwich?

·      Have everyone pick a side of the discussion.

·      Each side will then form an argument and try to convince the other side to change their views.

·      Have multiple topics.

Principal Application: Finish with a discussion. What did you learn from this activity? How can we be respectful of others views even when we don’t agree with them? Why is this important today?

Hot and Cold

Duration: 15-30 Mins

Group Size: 8-20

Materials Needed: None

Set-Up: None

Principal Tie-in: Shared Responsibility

Directions:

·      Have one person of the group volunteer to be “it”.

·      They will leave the room while the rest of the group decides a mystery action, like running in place, jumping etc.

·      The group will come back and the it person will try to find out what the action is.

·      When they are getting closer the everyone will cheer. When they are getting further from it the group will boo.

·      Have fun and rotate people!

Principal Application: Finish with a discussion. Have you ever felt like everyone knows what is going on expect for you? Has someone ever helped you when you felt lost? Have you had opportunities to help others in a similar situation? 

Karaoke

Duration: 30-45 Mins

Group Size: 8-16

Materials Needed: Karaoke videos, tv.

Set-Up: None

Principal Tie-in: Mutual Respect

Directions:

·  Take turns singing.

·  Have fun!

Principal Application: Finish with a discussion. Who’s singing did you enjoy the best? Why is it easy to respect other in a setting like this but then it can be hard in other situations? 

 

Activity: Friendly Debate

Duration: 15-30 Mins

Group Size: 8-16

Materials Needed: None

Set-Up: None

Principal Tie-in: Mutual Respect

Directions:

·      Propose a silly question or topic.

·      For example, tacos or pizza, is water wet, is a hot dog a sandwich?

·      Have everyone pick a side of the discussion.

·      Each side will then form an argument and try to convince the other side to change their views.

·      Have multiple topics.

Principal Application: Finish with a discussion. What did you learn from this activity? How can we be respectful of others views even when we don’t agree with them? Why is this important today?

Paper Airplane Contest

Duration: 30-45 Mins

Group Size: 8-16

Materials Needed: Paper, tape.

Set-Up: None

Principal Tie-in: Shared Responsibility

Directions:

·      Everyone will pair up.

·      Each pair will make an airplane.

·      The twist is that one person will give the design directions and the other will construct it, then switch roles and make another airplane. 

·      Have a contest to see whose plane goes the furthest.

Principal Application: Finish with a discussion. Was working with a teammate harder or easier? What did you learn from your partner or this exercise? What can we do to be more patient with the views of other people, and consider their ideas?

Show and Tell

Duration: 30-45 Mins

Group Size:8-16

Materials Needed: Varies

Set-Up: None

Principal Tie-in: Mutual Respect

Directions:

·      Have everyone in the group bring in an item that is special to them or significant.

·      Have everyone present their items.

·      Make sure to have fun!

Principal Application: Finish with a discussion. Did you learn anything new about the members in your FHE group? How would we view others if we always saw their point of view about their likes and interests? Have you ever felt misunderstood, how so? What can you do to be accepting and respectful of others?

Telestrations 

Duration: 30-45 Mins. 

Group Size: 6-20

Materials Needed: Paper and writing materials 

Set-Up: Cut or tear paper into small squares, for every person playing you will need 1 extra piece of paper. (IE. if you have 8 people, each person would have a stack with 8 peices of paper)

Principal Tie-in: Love

Directions: 

  • A phrase or word will be chosen by each player, they will write this on their top paper. 
  • Leave your paper on top of the stack but flip the whole stack upside down so no one sees what you wrote.
  • Pass the stack of papers to your neighbor on the left, they will flip it over and view what you wrote. After viewing what you wrote, they will slide your paper to the back of the stack and draw a picture of what you wrote on the new top peice of paper.
  • The next person will look at the picture and write a phrase describing what they see.
  • Cycle continues until paper runs out. 
  • Once everyone has the stack of papers they started with, share how your message changed with others.

Principal Application: Before starting or at the end share how this activity can relate to love. As we do good things for others it is a chain reaction and affects a lot of people beyond us. On the contrary share how when we treat others poorly or gossip we spread negative and can start rumors. Feel free to expound or add your own ideas!