The name of this blog, Rainbow Juice, is intentional.
The rainbow signifies unity from diversity. It is holistic. The arch suggests the idea of looking at the over-arching concepts: the big picture. To create a rainbow requires air, fire (the sun) and water (raindrops) and us to see it from the earth.
Juice suggests an extract; hence rainbow juice is extracting the elements from the rainbow, translating them and making them accessible to us. Juice also refreshes us and here it symbolises our nutritional quest for understanding, compassion and enlightenment.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Knots: An Icebreaker Game

Community workers need a bagful of games that can be delved into at various times in the life of a group. They can be used as icebreakers, to warm-up, to ease tensions or just for fun.  Here’s one that is an oldie, but a goodie.  It doesn’t even need any props.

This game works best with a group of around 12 – 20 members.

Have the group stand up in a circle.  As all group members to hold their arms out in front of them and then to close their eyes. 

Ask the group members to then move forward slowly, keeping their eyes closed.  When each of their hands meets another hand to take hold of the other person’s hand (not their own).  Keep their eyes close until you (the facilitator) asks them to open them.

Ask if every person has a hold of another person’s hand in each of their own hands.  If anyone says that they haven’t yet got another hand then help them to locate another person’s hand to hold.

Once every person has both of their hands holding onto the hands of other people, ask them to open their eyes, but to keep holding hands.

The group will find that they have formed a knot.  Now ask them to see if they can “untie” the knot, without letting go of anyone’s hand at any stage.

Ask for feedback.

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