> > Does anyone out there have any great art-related team-building or
> > cooperative games activities?
> This isn't art related, but it is good for team-building. The ball toss
> one of the "refreshers" I use when doing my Alternatives to Violence
> workshop (especially when we are doing the 5 day, 6 hrs/day schedule!).
> Purchase a number of tennis balls or 'cush' balls. Point out to the
> students that throwing is to be done underhanded; this helps to stall the
> impulse to 'wing it' at someone else!
> Have the students stand in a circle; use your own judgement, usually
> by the age and temperament of the kids, as to how many you can work with
> the circle.
> Step 1: Instruct the kids to through a ball around the circle.
> (This usually isn't too hard, although I've found some
> inner-city 1st graders whose eye-hand coordination was challenged just to
> catch and through the ball accurately.)
> Step 2: Introduce another ball into the circle with the same instructions.
> And then another, and another. By this time your circle should be in
> with balls flying everywhere! Have the students hold the balls and
> and discuss what was happening.
> Now start again,...but with a few changes:
> Have each student raise one hand. The ball will go around the circle once
> this time. Instruct each student to toss the ball to only to someone with
> his/her hand up. As soon as they are tossed the ball, they lower their
> and toss the ball to someone else with his/her hand up. Continue this
> each student has caught and tossed the ball, and all hands are down.
> ***During this process, instruct the students to note two things:
> 1) the person they received the ball from, and
> 2) the person they threw the ball to.
> This is the pattern which will continue through the rest of the activity.
> Now throw the ball around, using that pattern (a pattern which the
> created), a few times just so everyone can get used to their two
> (the person they're getting the ball from, and the person they're throwing
> the ball to).
> When they are comfortable with this, introduce another ball, and then
> another, etc. I've been in groups where we've gotten up to 7 balls going
> This is a great activity for reflecting on and discussing group dynamics
> (everyone has to participate; anyone not doing their part makes the whole
> process fall apart), focusing, the importance and function of structures
> pattern, etc. Plus, it's great fun and really gets everyone charged up!
> Excellent for first thing in the morning and right after lunch. Make it a
> regular activity and see how many balls the group can get going and
> Some of you teachers might want to try this with fellow faculty? What
> happens when one of the participants is left out, for example?