"Human Pin Cushion" is a group activity that I learned during our new teacher orientation days in my district. We teachers played it, but I thought to myself, "Hey, I can do this with my students!" So along came these mini posters. This is a fantastic getting-to-know-you icebreaker activity for the beginning of the year, but it can be used at any point of the school year as a community-building activity.
The directions are simple. The teacher reads aloud the mini posters (of the same theme). For example: "I like math best," "I like reading best," "I like writing best," etc. The teacher places the mini posters around the room. Students think about which one they most relate to or connect with. Then, at the teacher's cue, students move to that area of the room. Once there, students discuss the topic. For example, "Why do you like math / reading / writing the best?"
There are two versions. The first version is in color and can be printed on white cardstock. The second version is in black and can be printed on colored cardstock. I suggest laminating the mini posters, so you can re-use them year after year.
There are 10 themes, so you can play 10 rounds. That's a lot for one group activity! I recommend doing 3 or so at a time and continuing on another day. If there is a theme that you would like me to add, just let me know.
I hope you and your students LOVE this group activity!