As a child there were four words that never failed to strike fear in my heart when I heard them…
“Everyone, find a partner!”
I’m talking cold sweats… every time! And you know what- as an adult I’m only a tad better (mostly I’m just better at pretending that I’m not scared). Regardless of my personal discomfort, I still believe in the power of icebreakers.
We established in earlier posts that the most important essential element in every 4-H activity is belonging. In order for youth (and adults) to feel they belong to a group, they have to interact with others. A good icebreaker will guide club members to begin engaging with one another.
Typically a 4-H club might choose to conduct a brief icebreaker either before the meeting or immediately after roll call. This allows 4-H members to begin loosening up and talking with one another before they begin discussing the business of the meeting.
While icebreakers build comfort and trust…
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