No equipment needed
To learn about one another and improve non-verbal communication
Before You Start
Skills Practiced: Listening and speaking
- Have the whole group gather in a contained area.
- Put students into pairs.
- Demonstrate with volunteer, examples of commonalities that meet the criteria. “I wouldn’t tell my partner that I have brown hair because he/she can see that. I wouldn’t say that I am in elementary school because my partner already knows that. I might say, my favorite food is pizza. What’s yours? Or I might ask, ‘What city were you born in?’
How to Play
- Each group will have 1-2 minutes to find out how many things they have in common that
- they didn’t already know and
- are not visible.
- When the time is up, have youth get into a circle, standing next to their partner.
- One-by-one each pair will share one thing they have in common.
- After sharing their commonality, if others in the group also share that commonality they will put their hands in the air, lunge forward, and yell “SUPERSTAR!”
- The next pair then shares their commonality and the process continues until all pairs have shared.
- Have youth switch partners and do a round where they have to find out what they have in common around a specific topic (sports, school and so on).
- Having youth do a round where they can’t speak and can only charades out ideas is not only fun, but helps them with their non-verbal skills.