What’s the aim of the game?
- It can be used to encourage the group to evaluate their campaign.
- It can also be used to encourage members of the group to make commitments on the next steps of the campaign.
What equipment do we need?
Enough bits of paper as ‘stones’ for everyone in the group (brown, yellow and orange bits of paper).
‘A pond’ (this could either be a large, blank piece of paper, or paper with an image of pond on it).
How do we play it?
1. Make a 'pond' (this could either be a large, blank piece of paper, or paper with an image of pond on it).
2. Give everyone a ‘stone’ (a bit of paper) and pen.
3. Ask each young person to write something on it, for example:
What will you do as a result of today?
What have you learned today?
What could you improve on?
4. Once everyone has written their ideas on the ‘stone’ they should drop the stone in the pond.When everyone’s stones are in the pond you can talk about the ripples that one small stone can make and encourage everyone to remember what they have written.
How much time will it take?
This activity should last about 15/20 minutes, depending on the size of the group.
How can the activity be adapted and extended?
The group could make the pond from blue paper cut into a pond shape, with frogs, reeds and lily pads.
What roles can staff and volunteers play?
- Above all else be enthusiastic, encourage everyone to take part and make sure everyone’s voice is listened to.
- Someone should be scribe and note what each young person has written on their stone.
- If needed, HCAs, staff and volunteer can help the young people to communicate their ideas, help the young people to move around the room and generally support young people to actively take part.