Groups, especially in their initial stages, can benefit from fun activities that build group cohesion and provide an opportunity for players to get to know each other in a safe, non-threatening manner. This activity is based on the always-popular tower building game (Jenga™ and its variations). This classic game has often been adapted for the purpose of stimulating conversations. This particular adaptation creates a game that, while lots of fun, is also cooperative and therapeutic.
1) To build a sense of group unity by playing a game that is both fun and cooperative
2) To foster communication skills and social interaction by providing a structured, friendly format for sharing personal information.
Application: This version of the game was developed for therapy groups and can accommodate up to four players (possibly more, see instructions). Although specially designed for groups of children, the game can also be played with families or with just one child and the therapist.
Additional materials needed: A set of 54 Jenga™ (or similar) building blocks.