Activity 1: Earth Ball Appreciations
Activity time: 5 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Inflatable earth ball or globe, available from Amazon
Preparation for Activity
- Inflate the earth ball or globe.
Description of Activity
This activity engages active learners while helping everyone learn the names of participants and leaders and revisit their experience in this program.
As needed, help designated volunteers lead this activity. Stand in a circle with participants. Say in these words or your own:
Throughout our time together, we have used the earth ball as a way to make connections and to help everyone feel welcome. Today we appreciate each other and our time together. Think for a minute about one of your favorite memories from World of Wonder. When someone throws the "earth" to you, catch the ball, say your name, and share one favorite memory from our time together.
Demonstrate by throwing the ball gently to a co-leader. Have the co-leader say their name.
Then everyone says "Thank you, [co-leader's name]." Then you will throw the earth ball to someone else in the circle, who will say their name and be thanked by the group.
Continue until everyone in the circle has been greeted.
Including All Participants
If throwing and catching the ball is difficult, do the activity seated with legs out and feet touching, rolling the ball instead of throwing it. If any participant cannot stand or sit on the floor, have everyone play in a circle of chairs.