Energizers! contains 88 energizers for children. The motto of the book is “To learn well, children need to move!” The idea behind the book is that children learn better when the exercise and let their energy out. In Energizers! you will find energizers that are easy to teach and learn. There are energizers for every age and include suggestions and variations to make sure that the fit the group. The activities are labeled by grade level. The energizers can help to calm the children down but also to stimulate them. And they can be done anywhere, Inside and Outside, in a circle, or waiting in line.
Energizers! starts with 12 tips on how to use the energizer which is very convenient. Roser explains the energizers very good. On the side of the page is helpful information such as the pronounciation of certain words or for which grade the activity is suitable. The pictures in the book look really nice and match with the philosophy of the book. Energizers! uses music and rhythm to get the children engaged. A lot of the energizers involve singing or clapping. The writer has a lot of experience with chilren and learning and combines this with a love for piano.
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201 Icebreakers is great for trainers, speakers and group facilitators. The book contains many activities that cost little time and preparation. Most activities can be done in less than five minutes. This makes it perfect at the beginning of a meeting to break the ice, or in the middle to get everyone excited and going again. With the games, quizzes, energizers, and brainteasers, this book has to offer. You will have a great atmosphere in no time!
Tree Switch is a fantastic energizer to show people what their patterns are.
It needs little explanation and it can go all sorts of ways.
Just by saying: “Go stand in the tyre” there is a lot for you as coach to observe and give feedback on.
The idea is that there is always one tyre missing. Which means that when each member of the group goes standing in one tyre there is always someone without a tyre. Sometimes someone sees this on time and give the tyre to another member of the group. Or someone runs to make sure they have a tyre.
This means you can ask questions up front such as “Is this your strategy?”
After this you explain the game shortly.
Tyres (amount = amount of participants)
The tyres are spread over an area of approximately 20x20m. (20×20 yard)
With this game participants usually don’t understand the purpose. The goal for the coach is to make clear that the patterns they are showing it the game correspond with their patterns everywhere else.
How it works
When you’re standing in a tree(the tyre) you might try to switch with someone else. The person who doesn’t have a tree tries to steal a tree.
A lot of times you don’t have to explain more than that the name of the game Tree Switch is. This is often enough explanation.
Differentiation (not really necessary in this case)
A few suggestions
How was is to do it completely different?
You get the best result when all the members of the group concentrate and do their absolute best.
A very simple energizer which can give a lot of new insights is ‘Clap Clap’. (I love it when it’s more than just an energizer).
The participants stand in a circle. You as the trainer start by making a quarter turn with your body and look at the person which stands left to you. While you are making eye contact with this person you clap in your hands. Ask the other person to clap in his or her hands at the same time. Ask him or her to turn to the person which stands left from him or her and to do the same.
In this way you can make a cycle until everyone has participated.
After this you can do it again and challenge the participants to clap at exactly the same time. This happens best if people make contact with one another.
You can challenge the participants by asking them to do it faster. Or you can ask them to choose between clapping at exactly the same time or not clapping at exactly the same time.
This is a group exercise/ energizer in which we won’t give you the solution but just challenge you to do it.
How it works:
Everyone stands in a circle and holds the hand of the neighbour/ neighbor.
This means that everyone looks in the inside.
You give the group the task to stand faced to the opposed side without releasing the hands.
It is possible without making all kinds of weird quirks with your body!
How it works:
A fun energizer in which there is a lot of physical contact and people can laugh a lot is ‘The Knot’.
Give this instruction:
Stand shoulder to shoulder in a small circle.
Close the eyes, put the hands in front at the height of the shoulders.
Look with closed eyes for the hands of other people and grab them. When everyone has found two hands the eyes can be opened again.
Now the knot has to be untied WITHOUT releasing the hands!
Here is another old-fashioned active game which was invented for children but is very fun to do with adults.
Arrange the children in a group, standing or sitting.
Tell the group that it’s important to put differences and habits aside. There won’t be fixed teams and it can happen that you suddenly belong to the team of the ” opponent”.
How it works:
It can be played multiple times if the group likes it. Make clear that with each new game a different position can be choosen.
Let the group think of two new positions/postures themselves. If those postures can be carried out well will turn out later.
Points of interest
Fairplay is important, if you are tapped you belong to the other team.
Explain how people are supposed to tap, in order to prevent taps that look more like beating and pushing.