Community Building

Community Circles: a restorative practice

Staff and students express thoughts and feelings in a nonjudgmental way by answering questions that allow any student to answer and that reveal their individual self. Everyone is valued as a thinking and feeling member of the classroom community.

Use prompts like:

Tell about a time you felt the happiest.

What has made you frustrated in the past few days?

What does a perfect lesson look like for you?

Describe a friend or family member with whom you are very close.


For more information on Restorative Practices and Community Circles visit: https://www.ocde.us/HealthyMinds/Documents/RP%20Resources/Teaching%20Restorative%20Practices%20with%20Classroom%20Cirlces.pdf

  • - Ah Um Game - Kick the “ah, um” habit and avoid these words in natural conversation.
  • - Alphabet Back Game - Trace the letter on your partner's back and have them guess the secret letter!
  • - Baby Food Guessing Game - Sample baby food and guess what flavor is in each jar!
  • - Battle of the Sexes - Test each teams' knowledge of the opposite gender- sports, fashion and more!
  • - The Best Game - This game showcases hidden and incredibly random talents and skills.
  • - Build Tower Game - Great creative group game- See whose team can build the highest tower using newspapers!
  • - Cake Decorating Challenge - Use your decorating skills in this fun activity! Good game for bridal showers and large groups.
  • - Charades - Guess the secret word/phrase using only actions!
  • - Company Slogan and Tagline Game - Test your corporate slogan & tagline knowledge now!
  • - The Dating Game - Fun icebreaker game for groups who know each other well.
  • - Dictionary Game - Try to guess which definition is correct- or be fooled by other teams!
  • - Dodge Ball - A row of squishy orange playground balls and a gym- It’s the classic dodge ball game. Recommended for third graders and above.
  • - Duct Tape Game - Tape your teammate on a wall using duct tape!
  • - Egg Drop - Brainstorm, plan, and protect your eggs from being smashed.
  • - Egyptian War - Classic easy to play card game- similar to slap jack, but with a twist!
  • - Electricity - Squeeze your teammate's hand as quickly as possible- only if the coin comes up as heads!
  • - Fishbowl - Fun-filled word and memory game- Charades, Taboo and Password combined! Little preparation required.
  • - Food Challenge Cook-Off - Great bonding activity for adults. Create a 2-course meal with the secret ingredient.
  • - Four On A Couch - Fun strategic memory game for medium to large groups. Great for teenagers to adults!
  • - Fruit Salad - Good icebreaker game, especially for kids. Easy to learn and play, with little preparation.
  • - Halloween Charades - Show off your acting skills, Halloween-styled! Easy word list provided, ready to print.
  • - Halloween Pictionary - Guess the secret word or phrase using only your teammate's drawing, Halloween-styled!
  • - Halloween Telephone Charades - Funny icebreaker game, especially for larger groups. Easy to learn and play, with little preparation.
  • - Halloween Trivia - Test your Halloween knowledge!
  • - Human Knot - As a team, untangle yourselves to form a full circle again.
  • - Interview Game - A great icebreaker game, especially for newcomers.
  • - Jeopardy Powerpoint Template - A free Jeopardy Powerpoint Template, ready to download and edit.
  • - Kick The Can - Fun active game to play on a large empty field or gym- especially for teenagers.
  • - Logo Game - The ultimate logo quiz- Test your logo knowledge now!
  • - Mall Disguise Scavenger Hunt - Find the people in your group dressed up in disguises! Fun game for large groups who know each other.
  • - Mall Scavenger Hunt - Fun game to play with a medium to large group. Photo scavenger hunt at a mall!
  • - Marshmallow Toss Game - Catch as many marshmallows in your mouth before the time runs out!
  • - The Number Game - Work as a team to display the numbers as quickly as possible.
  • - Over Under Game - Over, under, over, under... try to pass the ball through the line as quickly as possible!
  • - Photo Scavenger Hunt - Travel to different places to find the items on the list and take photos.
  • - Picture Guess - Guess the secret word or phrase using only your teammate's drawing.
  • - Pumpkin Carving Contest - Use your design skills and create the best looking pumpkin!
  • - Purses, Pockets, and Wallets - Quickly search your purses, pockets, and wallets for the called item. Great team game.
  • - Rocket Experiment - Brainstorm, plan, and build a rocket with your team- without instructions! Great educational / critical thinking / brainstorming / teamwork game for high schoolers and adults.
  • - Salad Bowl - Fun indoor icebreaker game for children to adults! Easy to learn and play, with little preparation.
  • - Scavenger Hunt - Travel to different places and collect as many items on the list as you can.
  • - Slap Jack - Great card game- slap the jacks and any called cards.
  • - Song Title Game - Fun game for groups of people, especially those who know music well.
  • - Speed Scrabble - Use Scrabble tiles to create a crossword as quickly as possible! Fun, fast word game for a small group of people.
  • - Spoons - Get four of a kind and grab a spoon! Fast-paced card game that everyone can play.
  • - Steal the Bacon - Your mission is to steal the bacon. But watch out or else your enemy might steal it instead!
  • - Sticks and Spoons - Using only sticks and spoons, try putting as many marbles in your cup as quickly as possible.
  • - Team Spoons - Work with your partner to call out "spoons"- or catch your opponents' signals!
  • - Telephone Charades - Funny icebreaker game, especially for larger groups. Easy to learn and play, with little preparation.
  • - Telephone Pictionary - Similar to the game of telephone! See how distorted the flip books become as each person goes through it.
  • - Toilet Paper Mummy - Wrap someone in toilet paper as quickly and neatly as possible!
  • - Thirteen / Tienlen / Tien Len - Singles, doubles, triples, runs and bombs- Great strategic card game for four players.
  • - Two Truths and a Lie - Which sentence is a lie? A fun guessing game, great way for people to get to know one another.
  • - Video Scavenger Hunt - Travel to different places and record as many actions as you can from the list.
  • - War - Easy to play card game, which can be played by 2 or more people.
  • - Water Balloon Bottle Race - Summer water balloon game to play out in a field.
  • - What Can You Buy - Buy the best items you can get within a budget of only $5!
  • - Where the Wind Blows - Great icebreaker group game- find out what people have never done before.
  • - Zoom In Game - Guess what the item is, zoomed in - Great Powerpoint game for medium and large groups!


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