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Simulation Exercise, Exercise, Energiser, Manual, Ice-breaker, Group Building Activity, Name Game/Get to know each other

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This is games and activities collection book created by the wonderful volunteers of Creative Space in Hollókő, Hungary. The book was fully made by the EVSers from scratch. They tested the games, made design, collected and wrote the content in 2013.

Aims of the tool

This book is dedicated to all those big children: social workers,
volunteers, entertainers, animators, teachers, parents, brothers,
sisters and any other people who didn't forget what it means to be a
child and have no intention of forgetting it. To any lucky people whose
job or task consists of spending time with children. With many tasks and
responsibilities, but also with the main intention of making them a bit
happier than they were before.
The games in this book have their own purposes, but this could be
compatible with other learning points that you might include in your
program.
Games are a wonderful opportunity to transmit concepts and
generate learning points in a non-formal and active way. The
participants make a connection between the activity they are doing and
the concepts or information it is related to, making it easier to memorize
and, if the connection is good enough, to understand and develop.

Description of the tool

There is a child inside each one of us, the child that sometimes we
forget we were and in a way, we still are. Creative, joyful, spontaneous.
That part of us that could make a spaceship just with a stick and a
cardboard box or a racing car without any other tool than our
imagination and a couple of tiny restless hands. Indeed, that child is still
inside us, waiting for the next game.
But there are also children around us, children who need care,
attention, joy and involvement. Children in need of positive models,
game partners, friends.
This book is dedicated to all those big children: social workers,
volunteers, entertainers, animators, teachers, parents, brothers,
sisters and any other people who didn't forget what it means to be a
child and have no intention of forgetting it. To any lucky people whose
job or task consists of spending time with children. With many tasks and
responsibilities, but also with the main intention of making them a bit
happier than they were before.
Our commitment to write and share this book is to support anyone
who needs resources to develop quality work with children in any field.
Also, as regard to playing as an educative tool and to encourage any
professional or volunteer to introduce and use games as a resource.
That is a valuable starting point to approach activities with children and
here we provide a list of games from our own experience as volunteers
and youth workers.
The book also includes a brief chapter with some guidelines about
leading a game and interaction with children. It is all out from our
experiences as volunteers, and for your convenience we included also
a short dictionary with useful expressions related to the topic in six
different languages. Those are our languages - the five Hollókő EVSers
from 2013 plus Hungarian. We encourage you to contribute and
expand the dictionary part with your own language.
We hope, you as a reader will find this book joyful and meaningful
for your personal and professional life and also for the joy of the little
people you work with.

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Tool overview

Ready, Steady, Go!

http://toolbox.salto-youth.net/1584

This tool is for

Children, youth and elderly - activities are adaptable, if you are as well :)

and addresses

Group Dynamics, Voluntary Service

It is recommended for use in:

European Voluntary Service

Materials needed:

Description in each activity

Duration:

This is a collection of different activities. Each activity has its own duration and explanation.

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Aida, Flavia, Maja, Manuel, Tisho

in the context of

EVS Creating Waves, Holloko, Hungary 2013

The tool has been experimented in

Social, youth and voluntary work

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Tihomir Georgiev (on 16 December 2014)

and last modified

7 December 2014

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