Connect with each other

This exercise is not just great with kids! It can be used in all kinds of settings where people want to get to know each other better – as family, friends or co-workers.

  1. Spread out a Magnum Set on the floor in a room with a lot of floor space, preferably 4×4 meters.
  2. Sit down so that you are comfortable and at eye level with the children, e.g. in a beanbag chair or similar.
  3. Now you begin to ask questions. Make sure they are framed in a positive way, for instance:
    Find a picture card that describes the best thing about today.
  4. When the children answer, you continue the conversation and ask follow-up questions, for instance:
    Put down your picture card and pick a new one that…
    – shows what you are looking forward to in the weekend.
    – shows how you are feeling right now.
    – reminds you of your favourite meal.
    – reminds you of your favourite movie.
    – explains why your best friend IS your best friend.
    – describes how you feel when you play in the snow.
    – shows what you would dream tonight if you could decide for yourself.
  5. The possibilities are endless. You can even let the kids ask questions if you want. Be open to the possibility that they might want to talk about negative experiences. All that matters is that you get a nice and open conversation out of it.
  6. At the end of the exercise, you let the children keep a card that has become meaningful to them during the conversation.

When you have played the picture game several times, you can challenge the children with more advanced exercises. Try to sense when they may be open to this. When all the children have talked about three picture cards, you can ask them to create their own bedtime story from those three cards. When a child has talked about one of their cards, the role as narrator passes to the next one. You can add something to the stories by drawing a “joker card” from the floor.



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