Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Principled Commitment: An Adult Program on Building Strong Relationships

Alternate Activity 2: Playful Brainstorming For Couples

Activity time: 30 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint
  • Easel
  • Markers

Preparation for Activity

  • Ahead of time, invite participants to bring toys or games to the workshop if they wish.

Description of Activity

Invite participants who brought toys and games to the workshop to show these items to the group.

Invite volunteers to share some of their favorite ways of playing as a couple. While these activities may involve children, the adults' fun is the primary focus of this discussion. List responses on newsprint. You might offer the following suggestions, if participants do not mention them:

  • Board games or video games
  • Entertaining guests
  • Listening to or making music
  • Dancing
  • Hobbies
  • Sports
  • Making love (Point out that sexuality is an area filled with playful possibilities, such as sharing verbal fantasies, role-playing, taking bubble baths together, or letting go during intimacy to allow for experimentation and, at times, laughter.)

Invite participants to pair up with their partners and discuss how they can make time to do playful things more often or make the most of the time they already have for play.