Teaching young people about leadership has a number of advantages, namely teaching the kids ideas they'll likely use in the future. Kids can learn how to lead a small group and work with others. It also teaches them when to follow the group and when to speak up and take a stand. Young people need activities that stimulate both their mind and body, which helps keep them interested. The youths will have fun taking part in the activities and may not even realise that they're learning at the same time.
For the story time game, write down different ideas, words and phrases on pieces of paper. On other slips of paper, paste pictures of different people and items. Place all the pieces of paper in a hat or bag and then start a story by coming up with one line, such as "once upon a time" or "in a land far away." When you reach the end of your phrase, pass the bag to the first student. They draw a slip of paper and then continue the story by adding their item into the story. When they reach the end of their phrase, the bag moves on to the next person. The last person in line is responsible for using their piece of paper in the story and also coming up with an ending. This activity helps kids learn how to work collaboratively and build on the ideas of others, rather than focusing on themselves.
Create a maze outside, using old tires, cardboard boxes, fallen tree limbs and other items in the environment. Then divide the kids into groups of three and let each group pick a team leader. Tie the other two team members together, by wrapping a scarf around their leg or arm. The team leader must navigate his team through the maze, by calling out instructions and not physically touching or guiding the person. Alternatively, divide the group into teams of two and tie them together, with the leader behind the blindfolded person. The activity forces the kids to work together, while still taking orders from their leader.
Make a scavenger hunt by hiding different stickers around the neighbourhood, garden, or playground. Place enough stickers in each location for each group to find one. Then write down suggestions or tips that help the kids find the item. For example, hide a sticker under a bench in the park and write on the clue, "this is a great place to people-watch in the park." Divide the kids into smaller groups and give each group a set of papers with the clues laid out. Award a prize to the group that arrives back first, with all the stickers or place a time limit of an hour and give a prize to the group with the most stickers at the end. The point of the game is for the kids to work together as a team and share their thoughts and knowledge to find each of the stickers.
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