Games are a great way to work with young people and we have an amazing resource put together by one of our fantastic volunteers (Thanks Louise!).
There are games for every situation – have a look through if you need some new ideas or just to refresh your memory of some familiar games.
When running games with groups there are a few things that will make things run smoothly:
- Have all your equipment ready beforehand
- Make sure you know the rules well and can explain in 1 minute.
- Start with a game that people can join in with as they arrive.
- Have lively games at the start.
- Beware of games where people are ‘out’ and may get bored.
- Have a quieter game to lead into any teaching session.
- Group together games that need the same teams or configuration, e.g, games where you sit in a circle or in pairs to avoid time delays.
- Do not play a game too often or for too long.
- Have a few emergency games you can play quickly.
- Always have more games than you think you will need.
- Try to mix sporty games with quiz games, acting games, drawing games, silly games to allow all to do well.
- Avoid letting them pick teams and someone never being chosen.
- Always be fair and keep to the rules yourself but do not be over zealous in refereeing.
- Always consider safety and stop a game that is out of control.
- Do not play too many new games in one week as a lot of time is taken up in explanations.