A List of the Best Communication Activities on the Web
If you’re a regular visitor to our site, you know how we feel about the importance of communication. We consider communication to be the Life Force, the Connecting Force between all things in the universe. That’s our cosmic perspective. Our everyday reality does not often maintain such an elevated nature. Despite our inter-connectedness with everything, our inter-relating with our fellow humans is not always smooth or simple.
We communicate always. Even when we “shut down,” we’re still communicating. Because of this, the key to effective communication is awareness. In this article, we’re going to provide you with a list of some excellent websites that offer some excellent group activities that will assist your members in increasing and improving their awareness. You should be able to find the unifying, ice-breaking activities that you need for your group or team. Make sure that you refer to the comments of each of these group communication activities sites. If you have a site that you would like added to the list, please shoot us the URL in the Comments section of this article, or click on Contact above and send your information that way.
The ordering of the list is arbitrary; there is no ranking involved.
Communication Activities for Adults
Building Dynamic Groups – Ohio State University Extension
“To help groups build relationships, become dynamic, and function at their best.” There are 12 simple activities for communication skills presented here, most of which require very little, if any, preparation. The activities are geared toward adult groups, but might be effective in a high school environment. http://hostedweb.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/bdg/communication.html
50 Communications Activities, Icebreakers, and Exercises
“These 50 communications activities are designed to help participants become more aware and prepared to deal effectively with the many types of communications challenges they face every day.” A .pdf file offering, obviously, 50 activities for communication. They are rated for degree of difficulty from “low” to “high,” and most take 20-30 minutes time (some longer depending upon the size of your group). The majority of the activities will work well for high school age students and adults. http://downloads.hrdpressonline.com/files/6820080609105844.pdf
The Food Project
“Communication is a key ingredient in any team environment. Here are some of our most popular activities that emphasize communication between participants.” Eleven simple, high energy, and fun communication team building activities are presented here. They range from 10-30 minutes in duration. Most activities look like they’re designed for younger groups, but still fun for adults. http://thefoodproject.org/communication-activities
Communication Activities for Kids
Though these sites have activities that are designed for younger groups, sometimes it’s fun to incorporate “kid oriented” activities into an older crowd, promoting silliness and a child-like element that can aid in opening up communication to a larger degree, which is one of the main purposes of your activities, no?
Nonverbal Communication Activities
“The exercises that follow are designed to help you understand how much information we transmit with nonverbal communication.” A series of four activities designed for the middle or high school classroom. They require some set up, but very minimal resources. http://homeworktips.about.com/od/mindandbody/a/nonverbal.htm
Building Bridges –Communication Activities for 4-H clubs and Other Youth Groups
“This manual is a part of the Building Bridges: Reaching People Through Communication program and contains games, activities and learning experiences designed to teach youth a variety of communication skills.” A .pdf file offering 16 activities designed for youths. Most are geared toward youths of all ages, but some are designated for older or younger youths. Activities range from 5 minutes to 45 minutes or more. http://4h.uwex.edu/pubs/showdoc.cfm?documentid=11395
“Games and activities to support children’s communication skills when you’re out and about this summer. You’ll find a range of games and activities that are fun and easy to do whilst at the same time encouraging your children’s communication skills.” A whole host of activities for parents to use with their younger children at a museum, zoo, on a long car ride, and more. If you’ve got kids, you’ll love it. http://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/media/20506/summer_talk_-_2012_version.pdf