This fun activity works well as a mixer. All you need is a ball of yarn about the size of a softball. Here’s how you play:
Have your students sit in a circle. (Use chairs if available.) Hand the ball of yarn to one student in the circle and ask him to answer the following questions (or make some up some questions of your own):
1. What is your name?
2. How old are you?
3. What school are you in?
4. What is your favorite TV show?
5. What do you like to do for fun?
When the student has answered all of the questions, they then pick another person in the circle and throw the ball of yarn to them. While the first person throws the ball of yarn they will still need to HOLD ON TO THE END OF THE YARN. The next person must then answer all of the questions. When he or she is done, they will pick someone else in the circle, and throws the ball of yarn to him or her, all while still holding onto the yarn. This repeats until ALL students in the circle have answered the questions.
This mixer gets its name from the fact that the activity makes a “spider web” of sorts from the yarn that is woven from person to person.
NOTE: If you have a large group you may want to break them up a little. It is best if the group is no bigger than 10 students. So if you have 50 kids, break them up into about 5 groups. If you do have to break them up into smaller groups, make sure to have a ball of yarn for each group.
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