Great Group Games

Games for Group Development

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Great Group Games: 175 Boredom-Busting, Zero-Prep Team Builders for All Ages

Perfect for classrooms, retreats, advisory groups and teams, these games help people feel welcome, gently disband group-busting cliques, and turn participants into friends who can count on each other. Each game includes details on timing, supplies, set up, suggested group size, game tips, and reflection questions. The games are far from mindless. Games like “Tiny Teach,” “Common Ground,” and “The Winding Road” challenge participants to think. Best of all, the activities require zero to very little preparation. They work for small or large groups, adults or teens and can be done anywhere. You’ll make every moment meaningful and every game great!   Search Institute Press, 2007.

An infinitely usable guide.
Youth Today

More than a collection of icebreakers, this wonderful resource book is chock-full of playful yet effective ways to form trust and develop community
Rick Jackson, codirector, Center for Courage & Renewal

As a recreation major who reads game books like people read cookbooks, the Great Group Games books are the BEST game books to hit the market in the last two decades.
Wendy Acosta, Acosta and Associates Inc.

A well thought out approach to compassionate education that honestly emphasizes play as a valide learning mechanism. If it’s not fun, it’s not functional. This book is fun.
Karl Rohnke, author of Quicksilver, Silver Bullets, and A Small Book About Large Group Games

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Enjoy an interactive sample from the book below. Check back frequently as we update and add new sample pages! Activities and writing prompts copied with permission from Great Group Games: 175 Boredom-Busting, Zero-Prep Team Builders for All Ages, written by Susan Ragsdale and Ann Saylor, published by Search Institute.