To help the group open up in a fun and productive way.
Four or more.
- Fortune Cookies (homemade or store bought)
- Small slips of paper
- Pen or pencil
Use fortune cookies as a way of asking group members different questions or as a way of getting them to share more openly. Do this by replacing the existing fortunes with your own questions or directions. To take an existing fortune out of a cookie, pull it out with tweezers very carefully. Write down a question, phrase or direction on a small slip of paper with it. If you are feeling really ambitious you may make your own cookies!
Once you have all of your “question cookies” done, have the group sit in a circle and give each person a cookie. Go around the circle and allow group members to take turns opening their cookie and then following the directions or answering the question inside.
Ideas for Your Cookies:
- State three strengths of the group.
- Give each of the five people to your right a compliment.
- What is your best quality when you are working in a group?
- Pick four people in the group to give you a compliment.
- What is the best thing that happened to you when you were with this group?
- Who is the first person you remember meeting in this group and why?
- What thing about this group makes you laugh?
- Name someone in the group who is the “glue” and state why.
- Give the four people in the group who have a birthday closest to yours a compliment.
(You may create your own slips for your cookies or use more than one of each of these ideas for a larger groups.)
Use this activity as a mixer with get to know you type questions inside.