Get Learners Moving with Energizer Training Activities
By getting your learners up and moving, you increase the blood flow carrying oxygen to their brains and help stimulate the brain neurons while helping make them more alert. That increases their opportunity to learn and retain what they experience through their senses.
Get Learners Moving with Energizer Training Activities by The Creative Trainer – Robert W. Lucas, Awarding Winning Adult Learning & Training Author
Here are some creative energizer training activities to engage you, learners.
Play a Clever Catch Icebreaker
-This is an easy and effective movement-based activity that introduces participants and prompts them to give interesting information about themselves at the beginning of a session. For this exercise, you’ll need a Clever Catch Ball–a 24-inch inflatable ball that you can find on the Internet or at school supply stores. The balls are available already printed with questions for an array of topics, but you can also use a writeable one.
-Before the session, use wet-erase markers to write questions or other content-related information all over the ball. For example, to open an orientation, communication, or team-building session, you might write, “What makes you decide that something is important in your life?” or “If you knew that you could not fail, what would you do?”
-At the start of training, ask your learners to form a circle and then toss the ball to someone.
-The person who catches the ball gives his or her name and then answers the question that appears under his or her right thumb.
-After answering, the catcher tosses the ball across the circle to another person.
-Play continues until everyone has caught the ball and answered a question once.
Take a Pop-Up Survey
If you want to do a quick survey to determine your learners’ experience or other characteristics, ask learners to “pop up” (stand and then sit) when you ask something pertinent to them. For example, if you ask, “Who has delivered a training program to others?” anyone who has done so stands up, then sits down.
This type of training activity prompts quick physical movement while it gives you (and the other participants) information about the people in the class.
Make Some Noise
Give each learner some sort of party-type noisemaker–a whistle, a clapper or clacker, a spinner, a cowbell, or whatever you wish.
When you shout out a term or phrase related to a key session topic, everyone who knows the definition jumps up and sounds their noisemakers.
You pick one of them to offer the definition or explain the concept, and everyone else
sits down. Give a small prize or candy for a correct answer.
Repeat the process until all terms have been defined.
Play Verbal Volleyball
To add sound, laughter, movement, and fun to any session, have learners review key concepts through a game of verbal volleyball.
To play it, have learners form pairs and line up facing one another.
When you shout, “Go!” pairs take turns shouting key ideas, concepts, or terms that they’ve learned in the session.
One person in a pair shouts an idea; then her or his partner does the same—or, if nothing comes immediately to mind, shouts “Pass!”
Partners continue this way until neither one can think of another concept.
Learning does not have to be boring. By adding elements such as a bit of novelty, fun, easy magic tricks, movement, and sound, you can enhance the learning environment while engaging learner brains and potentially increasing the opportunity for comprehension and application.