Thursday, April 17, 2014

Quilt Guild Icebreakers that don't suck

I don't know about you; but if you are the leader of a quilt guild it can be taxing sometimes to find icebreaker-style activities and or games that are appropriate for adults, even harder is searching for ones that are semi-quilting related.



After a quick search online, I was presented with a whole bunch of generic games.  I spent some time tweaking them, and gave them a go at our St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild meeting recently.


The result?
        Well, by the sounds of laughter, I think they were a success.


Activity #1      
Setup:  Members should sit or stand in a circle where everyone can easily hear one another. Select one person to be the Moderator.
  • The Moderator begins the game by saying out loud, "I went to the fabric store and bought _(insert the name of something, ex: a magazine)____".
  • They then ask the person to their left or right to repeat what they said; but then add something to the list "I went to the fabric store and bought __(a magazine)__, and a __(a seam ripper)__."
  • Play continues around the circle with each member repeating the sentence, adding something to the list.  Examples can be obvious like...[a Fat Quarter, Thread, Ruler] or you can be mix it up and add in short little phrases like...[went to the bathroom, my credit card was declined, etc.]
  • You can eliminate players if they mess up, the choice is all yours. 


Activity #2     
Setup:  Members should sit or stand in a circle where everyone can easily hear one another. Select one person to be the Moderator. You'll need five, "pennies" or other small objects, per member.
  • The Moderator starts the game by explaining that they have a pile/bag/etc of "pennies" and that each member should take as many as they will need, up to five a piece.
  • Only after everyone has selected their quantity of "pennies", does the Moderator then continue to explain that members are to say something about themselves for each "penny" they took.  
  • It can be something related to quilting, their family, their bucket list, favorite thing, etc.  


Activity #3     
Setup: Members should sit or stand in a circle where everyone can easily hear one another. Select one person to be the Moderator.

  • The Moderator selects a question from the list below or make up your own, and asks it of the entire table/circle; giving each member an opportunity to answer.  
  • The answers should be relatively short, no long-winded stories.
  • Once all members have answered that question, ask another.
Questions:
 :: If you were to switch fabric stashes with someone, who would it be and why?
 :: If you were not a Quilter, what other art/craft would be your passion?
 :: What color of type of fabric is lacking in your stash, why do you think that is?
 :: What is one technique that you are afraid of trying and why?
 :: Etc.


Activity #4   
Setup: Members should sit or stand in a circle where everyone can easily hear one another. Select one person to be the Moderator.  You'll need five to ten "pennies" or other small objects, per member.

  • The Moderator hands out the same quantity of "pennies" to each member.
  • They then finish they sentence "I have never..."
  • When a member of the group has done the thing the speaker has never done, they must give them a "penny" from their pile.
  • Play continues around the circle, with each member taking their turn finishing the sentence.  

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In all of these games, you can play until a time limit is reached, one member is left "in play", or "pennies" run out.  I found that for a group of six to eight members, ten minutes seemed to be a reasonable amount of time. Yet, feel free to adjust accordingly, add prizes if you feel they are necessary for some games, etc.

The whole purpose of these games is to get to know one another, therefore I found it more interesting if members are randomly placed in groups, rather then sitting with their usual crew. 

These games are nothing new, and with a little ingenuinity you can adapt most icebreakers...so give it a try.


--Kristy



6 comments:

  1. All of your planning really paid off. It was a great meeting.

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  2. These were a lot of fun. I learned so much about some of our members. Thanks for taking the time!

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  3. What a great list of ideas. You really prepared well, I'm sure it was a great meeting.

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  4. Thanks for sharing - sounds like a great idea and a lot of fun.

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  5. I am hosting a retreat this coming up weekend and these games are exactly the kind I need to get my ladies to open up. Thank you so much for sharing these.

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