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playmeo and its various contributors have authored many articles related to experiential-based learning, adventure programming and group facilitation skills.

Some of their most useful articles are listed below.

Browse the short synopses, then click a link to read more.

What Is Experiential Learning?

Many people, including most teachers and professional educators, have a poor understanding of what experiential learning is, often confusing it with ‘learning by doing.’ This article aims to explain what experiential learning is in a quick, simple and non-technical manner.


What Is An Ice-Breaker?

Most people think that simply running a quick activity at the beginning of their program will serve as their ice-breaker. Or, worse, they think that using ice-breakers is a waste of time, so they dispense with their use altogether. This article defines the essential elements of a successful ice-breaking experience and distinguishes them from an ‘ice-maker.’


Choosing the Right Activity

Adopting a sequenced approach to your programs requires an ability to assess and read your group at any given time. This article explores a handy self-assessment tool called GRABBSS that you can use to help you pick the right activity at the right time, and when to make adjustments to your program.


Why Conduct A Debrief

This short article discusses the primary benefits of inviting groups to reflect on what they have just experienced so that growth, learning and development may result.


How To Run A Debrief

This article will share the top seven strategies to help you conduct an effective debrief or reflection time to draw learning from your group’s experience. Simple, commonsense and useful.


Useful Debriefing Techniques

This article discusses a number of simple, yet powerful techniques which you can use to engage your group in a reflection activity, including links to many innovative debriefing exercises.


Effective Spotting Skills

Spotting is perhaps one of the most difficult tasks to teach because, in most cases, people do not recognise the importance of being a spotter until it’s too late, ie someone falls or is hurt. This article explores some of the key aspects to remember when teaching effective spotting skills.


Philosophical Framework

The language and design of playmeo’s exclusive content – activity descriptions, video tutorials, and lesson plans, etc – are modelled in the spirit of five primary philosophies. This article discusses each of these in the context of effective program design and delivery.



This article explores and describes a bunch of (possibly) unfamiliar words and phrases that are well understood by the various contributors to playmeo, but maybe not so much by our subscribers & users who hail from many different backgrounds, industries, countries and cultures.