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10 presentation dynamics for children and groups of adults

10 presentation dynamics for children and groups of adults

July 18, 2024

Most of the people We are meeting new people constantly . With most people we usually establish a superficial, rather casual contact. But sometimes we want to meet someone really, especially when it is going to be someone with whom we are going to have a more fluid relationship. The perfect example is to start a new job, or start a school course in childhood. And knowing someone from scratch can be more difficult than it seems, especially for those of a shy nature.

To deal with this situation, It may be useful to carry out different presentation dynamics as those that we will mention along the following lines.

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What is a presentation dynamic?

Before entering to see different presentation dynamics, it is advisable to first make a small introduction to know what we are referring to.

Dynamics is understood as that set of resources, strategies, methods and techniques used with the purpose of achieving a specific objective, generally causing some type of movement or action on the part of one or several agents.

With regard to presentation dynamics, we would be talking about different methods designed to facilitate initial contact and interaction between members of a group , in such a way that deeper ties can be established later or that there is recognition among individuals. They are usually very useful for everyone, although they are especially useful for those with more shyness or difficulty to establish an initial contact.

It is usual that the dynamics of presentation have a certain playful component , in such a way that a positive emotional climate is established and the learning and relaxation of those involved is favored.

It is important to bear in mind that the effectiveness of this resource is not only linked to the practice itself, but that it will be conditioned by a great variety of factors. Among them we can find the context, the situation and the moment in which they are carried out, the way to approach those who are going to carry it out, the level of relationship of the dynamics in question with the objectives that are to be fulfilled, the expertise of who sets it in motion or adapts it to the capacities, motivations and even personality of those who will carry it out.

Likewise, it may seem that presentation dynamics are typical of children's contexts. But while it is true that They are especially useful and are widely used in the world of education , they are also carried out among adults and even elderly people. For example, it is not uncommon to find practices of this type in the workplace. They are also employable at the therapeutic level to train social skills. It can even be used to perform cognitive stimulation, serving to encourage immediate or even more long-term recall.

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Examples of dynamics to be presented

Below we present a dozen simple dynamics that can be used in a versatile way in a variety of contexts.

1. Name chain

Probably the simplest dynamic is based on forming a circle. Each of the participants will say their name and basic characteristics before moving on to the next. Once this is done, each person will take turns saying the name of each member of the group. It can be done faster and faster, or change direction from time to time to make it different.

2. Passing the ball

A simple but effective game. The participants must form a circle, and at first each member of the group, in turn, tells the rest his name. After that, a ball is taken that the members of the group must go through. Who receives the ball must say the name of who has passed it before throwing it to another person, who must do the same. It is not necessary to follow an order in the passes, this may be random as long as it is integrated to all the participants.

If you want to add a competitive component or as a way to finish the game, as time passes the ball will be released faster and faster. Whoever does not correctly identify the person who has passed it or does not succeed in catching the ball is eliminated. Of course, this last paragraph should only be applied in a playful context, not being recommended in certain sectors of the population.

3. Woolen spider web

A dynamic similar to the previous one. In this case, There is a ball of wool that is going to go unraveled as it passes between the members of the group . It is one of the most used presentation dynamics in boys and girls.

First a person will say his name or some aspect previously agreed by the group as the main element of presentation, and then move on to the next ball. He must repeat what the previous one said and add his own presentation before passing it again, and so on.

4. Introduce each other

All participants are placed in groups of two. Among them they will present themselves by saying their basic data and some identifying or unexpected detail or some particular taste or dream . Afterwards, the whole group will meet and each member of each couple will introduce the other.

5. Presentation through bullets

This is a somewhat different form of presentation, in which each member of the group will draw on a sheet four vignettes that represent identifying aspects of the person or recent experiences. After that, they will be put in pairs and each one will explain to the other what they have drawn and why it represents them .

6. Find the couple

This dynamic is based on choosing phrases, proverbs or familiar drawings that are divided into two and shared among the members of the group. Each one must find the person who has the part of the sentence or drawing that is missing.

7. The game of cards

Each member of the group receives a card and a safety pin. In it they will put their name, horizontally or vertically, and other words will be generated from at least some of the letters . Specifically positive adjectives about the person.

After that a time is left for the participants to walk around the room. Finally, they will meet as a group and formally present themselves. It will try that the rest remember the characteristics and / or the names of the rest, asking a moderator to each one by the characteristics of some companion.

8. The dice

A die of relatively large proportions will be previously created, an interesting aspect will be placed on each face that can be used to present . For example, "my main motivation is ...", "I want to work in ...", "my favorite dish is ...". Subsequently each of the members of the group will roll the die and must give an answer to the phrase that comes out. This will be repeated as many times as desired. It is one of the most popular adult presentation dynamics.

9. Identification with an animal / superhero / super power

Another way of knowing is through what we identify with. Thus, the group is asked to look for an animal, superhero, superpower or movie / book / video game character that each member considers to represent him or that has the same qualities. He will also appreciate what he looks like, what he would need to get closer to being like him / her / it and why he likes it.

Subsequently each one will explain which character he has chosen and the meaning of the chosen being in a group will be explored.

10. Chain: the gesture of my name

The group is put in a circle or in several subgroups. Each person should think of different gestures that symbolize their name or that are based on the sounds of their letters, to later show it to others. The rest must guess it. After that, it is possible to make a chain in which each of the members of the group will make their gesture and that of the previous ones.

Bibliographic references:

  • Morales Pérez, A. (1999) Group Dynamics: Exercises and Techniques for all Ages. Madrid: San Pablo Editions.

Fun Group Name-Game - Name Impulse (July 2024).

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