Thursday, April 23, 2009

Play with Purpose - tshirts, bags and more

If you believe in the power of PLAY, check out our new product line of t-shirts, mousepads, bags and more at CafePress.

The simple designs make great presenter gifts, decorations, or happy gifts for you and your colleagues.

If you need to adapt the design or order in bulk, feel free to contact us at cad(at)

Monday, April 20, 2009

From A Seasoned Game Player - Review of Great Group Games

I love the Great Group Games book! It has the kind of games in it that are fun and make people feel happy to play instead of like they or others are stupid. The instructions are easy to understand and communicate to others and I like the chart in the back that lets you determine what kind of game you need and then helps you choose one to use. I also like the "Going Deeper" section after the explanation of the game that helps you tie the game into what you are doing. I've got a shelf of game books and keep buying others hoping to find games I'd want our youth playing and am usually disappointed in either the philosophy of the games or the difficulty of figuring out what you are supposed to do. Now I think I can quit searching and get to playing. Would you send me three more of it? I want to keep one at my house, one in the church library, and one in our Middle School Sunday School class.
Cheryl R. Peeples

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Workshops at the Center for Innovative Educators

We will be teaching two workshops this summer at The Center for Innovative Educators in Nashville, TN. Both workshops will highlight how educators can use the Great Group Games book - as a foundation for advisory groups and as a primer for service-learning. The advisory workshop also teaches educators to use the Developmental Assets as a framework for student growth. We would love to have you and your colleagues join us for our workshops, or any of the other 14 creative professional development opportunities available throughout the week. The early-bird registration ends May 1, so you have 3 more weeks to get the discounted rate.

Global Foundations: Advisory as a Key Part of Your School Culture
Friday June 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Advisory groups – little time with big results! Come learn how to power-pack your advisory time with tried-and-true tools, techniques and structures to make your advisory time more meaningful and productive. Based on research on the 40 Developmental Assets, we will look at a framework for healthy student development that will help advisers mentor their students. You will be equipped with a toolbox of 200 activities to build character, leadership and personal development. These activities will also strengthen bonds between diverse students and foster the connection between advisers and students. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of Great Group Games: 175 Boredom-busting, Zero-prep Team Builders for All Ages.

Global Foundations: Service Learning as a Key Part of Your School Culture
Thursday June 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You want to change your school culture. You want people to be committed to serve in meaningful ways. But you’re overwhelmed and stuck. In this workshop, community-minded educators at the middle and high school levels can learn strategies for establishing a common vision for helping others, generating a contagious desire to serve and weaving compassion into the foundation of your campus – from clubs to teams to advisory groups to classrooms. Learn how to assemble a team of students, faculty and community partners to get people excited about meeting community needs. Find secrets for getting your administration excited about service-learning and finding money to fund the projects your students want to do. Discover systems that will make your job easier and help you create a culture of service on campus.

Find more information about these workshops and 14 other creative professional development at Early-bird registration deadline: May 1

Friday, April 3, 2009

The entertainment committee - a game from a student reader

We love it when readers share games with us! This game was shared by Ashley, a high school student from Newberry, Michigan.

The Entertainment Committee
Ask a few volunteers to leave the room, and give those volunteers the instructions to make the audience clap. They can do whatever they want; they just have to make the group clap. Separately, you give the audience instructions to copy the actions of the person outside. This includes repeating what they say. You bring in the people from outside one at a time. When the outside volunteer claps, the audience will also clap – thereby declaring the volunteer to be a winner.
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Plato