1. Toilet Paper

group size: any
time: ca. 20 minutes
material: toilet paper
needed space: enough space for a circle
objective: getting to know each other
short instruction: Everyone tells as many things about themselves as they have sheets of toilet paper.
Description: The group is sitti ng in a circle. The leader passes a toilet roll around. Each participant can take as many sheets as they want. Now the leader aks everyone to tell as many things about them as they have sheets of paper. Any topics can be given (like hobbies, expectations, experiences, etc.).

2. Meetings

group size: at least 4
time: ca. 30 min., depending on the group (ca. 2 min per meeting)
material: pens, paper
needed space: any
objective: getting to know each other
short instruction: Everybody has to schedule meetings with the others. One meeting lasts a few minutes and is about a specific topic announced by the leader.

Description: The parti cipants draw a normal clock with 12 hours on it. They have to walk around it and arrange meetings with the other participants at different hours (e.g.: one meeting at 6 o´clock, next one at 7 o´clock). Now the leader informs: ‘Now it is one o´clock. And we talk about our hobbies’. All participants must find their partner for one o´clock and start the conversation on the given topic for 2-3 minutes. When the leader announces two o´clock, he/she gives a new conversation topic and the couples which were made up for two
o´clock are meeting. The exercise is finished when all 12 hours are done.

3. Molecules

group size: at best more than 10 participants
time: ca. 15 minutes
material: music, written topic for leader
needed space: enough space for the group to move around easily
objective: to get to know more about each other
short instruction: the other participants get to know common hobbies, interests, qualities, etc.

Descripti on: The leader explains to the whole group that they are “atoms” now and referring to similar things all participants have to make “molecules” (groups of the same interests). Then the music starts and the group starts to move around randomly. After a short time the leader stops the music and asks for the group to make “molecules” (small groups) according to their interests.
For example: “Let’s make molecules according to our favorite movie style (horror, comedy, etc.) or to your age, hobbies, pets, countries where we would like to live, etc. When the group splits into small groups of “molecules”, the leader asks each group to announce the type of their group (e.g.: horror movie group). When all groups have presented themselves, the music and the process start again.
The leader may also add other topics, if he/she wants to prepare the participants for further activities, like “according to your knowledge about ‚YA program‘, etc. This can help to know more about the situation and experience of the group.

4. Network

group size: at least 5 participants
time: ca. 15 minutes
material: ball of wool, chairs
needed space: enough space for a circle
objective: to get to know each others character traits
short instruction: The participants answer questions when they get the ball of wool.

Description: The participants sit in a circle and one of them has a ball of wool. He/she throws it to another participant while holding on to the loose end. The thrower asks one question to the catcher, which he has to answer. Once he has answered, this person can throw the ball to someone else, holding on to the thread. He asks the new catcher a question, and so the game continues. The game ends when everyone has had the ball and a network of wool connects all participants. Then it can be reversed so that those who were first questioned now ask the questions and the wool gets rewound.

5. Bingo

group size: at least 10 participants
time: ca. 15 minutes
material: prepared small pieces of paper with characteristics
needed space: enough space for a chair circle
objective: to get to know each other
short instruction: the other participants get to know (character) attributes about each other

Description: Each participant gets the same small piece of paper which was prepared by the group leader. Approximately 10 statements are written on the paper, like: ‘I play guitar’, ‘I have a brother’, ‚I have been in Paris previously‘, ‚I like to listen to Hip Hop’, etc. Next to the statements is a chart on which the participants can sign if the statement fits to them. Now each person has to try to get signatures for the statements. In order to do this, the participants go around and ask the other players whether one of the characteristics applies to him/
her. If yes, the person signs next to the statement in the chart. No name may be repeated. The person who collected three signatures in a bingo way (diagonal, horizontal or vertical) first loudly calls “BINGO” and wins. At the end the pieces of paper can be hung up.