Activity Adaptation Tips for Facilitators - Be Intentionally Vague


Episode 80:  Two High 5 trainers, Phil Brown and Lisa Hunt pool their recent virtual conference workshop experiences and knowledge.  This episode neatly summarizes their knowledge into actionable tips on adapting activities for facilitators.  Primarily focusing on low elements, these valuable activity adaptations are a direct result of Covid protocols.  Jointly, they unravel what they learned in the past, and how to bring new creativity to the present. Above all, being intentionally vague in your framing is worthwhile. In sum, you’ll take away many activity adaptation tips from this short impromptu conversation. 

Topics covered in this episode:

  • How to adapt elements like the Spider’s Web if it’s no longer a lifting activity?
  • What does “simplifying the frog” mean?
  • How does that phrase apply to low elements?
  • Are there benefits to being vague in your framing of activities – to not give your hand away at the start of an activity?  
  • How might a facilitator unintentionally limit participant creativity through categorizing activities?
  • Tips on how to figure out new ways to use elements, tools, and props.
  • How to tease apart the important SOPs but also allowing for creative adaptations with groups.

In conclusion, Phil and Lisa talk about specific elements, spotting, and balance activities.  With an eye toward safety, they provide listeners with concrete examples of adapting activities that can be applied universally and inspire your own creativity as a facilitator. 

Reference(s) Mentioned

Mark Collard – Interactive Games & Activities Facebook Group 

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