The following activity resources are some of our favourites to get people interacting, having fun and getting to know each other. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you will find some modification ideas that can be applied to any activity you choose, but don’t forget to use your own creativity to find ways so everyone can participate.
Before long, you will become comfortable at adapting and modifying any type of activity and can access some of these websites for more great ideas of things to do.
These activities get people interacting and learning about each other in a fun way. Great activities to use as your new group of students are getting to know one another.
- Candy Introductions
- String Stories
- Puzzle Pieces
- Marshmallow Towers
- human BINGO
- Look Up Look Down
- Human Knot
- Jenga Trivia
- I Can Teach!
- Scavenger Hunt
Fun Team Building Activities
These activities are intended to be done as a small group or pair. They are a great way to start new Amigos who have trouble deciding what to do or allowing a group to get to know eachother.
These activities are good for amigos pairs just for fun or to learn about eachother
This activity can be very easily modified for students with a range of abilities.
- Mobility – make sure there is enough room between desks for a wheelchair or walker to move with ease realizing that there will be lots of people moving around.
- Vision – pair the student with a vision impairment with another student who has sight to help each other out. Remind the sighted student that they are to help with reading the card and navigating through people if necessary, but to let the student with the vision impairment participate as fully as they can by also introducing themselves and asking questions. It is good if all the squares on the card can be read before starting so the student has some choice in what question to ask.
- Hearing – Remind the students at the beginning of the game that they will need to answer questions with a visual nod or shake of the head as well as looking at the student with the hearing impairment and saying “yes’ or “no” clearly so they can read lips. This is a great opportunity to teach all of the students to introduce themselves in sign.
- Speech – the student with the speech impairment may or may not need assistance. If they do, pair them with a student who can help ask questions. Other body language or signing may be used to help communicate. If the student is unable to speak or sign, you can encourage them to make eye contact or smile when greeting.
- Comprehension – pair the student with an Amigo to help as needed, some of the following may be helpful suggestions, remember to encourage the student to participate as fully as they are able. Remind the group to ask ALL students questions about themselves.
- Prompting – the helper can give cues and reminders as to when to introduce themselves, ask a question, tell their name.
- Giving choices – the helper can assign a question to each of their hands. Ex. “should we ask this person if their favourite colour is red (hold out your right hand, which becomes the red choice) or should we ask if their favourite food is pizza (hold out your left hand, which now becomes the pizza choice)? The student can point to which hand they want.
- Knowing some of the students interests – to help them to answer “yes” or “no” to any questions that they may be asked.
Remember! these modifications are only ideas or guidelines to get you started,be creative and think of your own modifications that might work better for your activity