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We start this month with a fun icebreaker to add to your toolbox. It is called Pass the Ball and it comes from The Creative Facilitation Manual from the talented folks at Partners for Youth Empowerment.
Purpose: imagination, focus, connect imagination and physical sensation
Time: 5 – 10 minutes
Instructions: Ask participants to stand in a circle. You can play this in circles of 8-10 or in larger circles. The leader stands outside of the circle or circles and calls out the directions.
- The leader hands an imaginary ball to one person in each circle and then says, “Please pass this imaginary ball around the circle. It’s about the size of a tennis ball.”
- After the ball has gone a ways around the circle the leader calls out changes in the quality of the ball by saying, “The ball is slowly getting lighter…now it’s getting lighter and bigger….now it’s very large and light like beach ball….keep passing it around. “
- The leader continues to change the quality of the ball: “And now it’s slowly getting heavier….and heavier….and heavier…until it’s very heavy. Help each other pass this rock-heavy ball around…
- And now it’s the size of a soccer ball. Keep passing it around…It’s getting sticky. It’s very sticky…and it STINKS! Keep passing it…Now it is very hot…Now it is a very precious little thing…”
- You can “add balls” so you have several imaginary balls being passed around.
- After calling out several changes, the leader can give the groups the power to transform their own object by telling them that anyone in the group can now can call out a new quality when the ball comes to him or her. Remind them to let the ball go around for a bit with its new quality before someone transforms it to something new.
- Eventually the leader calls a halt to the game.