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The Essence of Play, A Masterful Art: Podcast

Here’s an invitation to lean into a recent conversation I had with Douglas Ferguson, host of the Control the Room podcast, in which we discussed…

Control the Room podcast discussing the Essence of Play

The Essence of Play, A Masterful Art: Podcast

Here’s an invitation to lean into a recent conversation I had with Douglas Ferguson, host of the Control the Room podcast, in which we discussed…

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24 of the Best Small Group Games & Activities

A playmeo member recently asked: I’m designing a leadership program of games & team-building exercises for small groups of only 4-5 students. I find it…

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Our #1 Summer Camp Water Game

I led a camp in North Carolina for 8 summers that catered for close to 800 boys and girls. These were some of the best…

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How To Beat Zoom Fatigue

With so many of our experiential programs venturing into the online or virtual world over the past year, it is clear that zoom fatigue is…

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Looking for Father & Child Program Ideas?

A playmeo member recently asked: I’m running a multi-day program for fathers & their adolescent child. Do you have any go-to activities that work for…

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How To Give Positive Feedback

There is a lot of literature out there that describes how to give positive feedback to others. But, I just learned something about this process…

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Leading Interactive Group Games & Activities into 2021

After a year like no other, if you could hold a crystal ball and look into the future, what do you think you might see…

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Mimeograph – Fun Pattern-Finding Group Initiative

My friends at High 5 Adventure Learning Centre introduced me to this awesome group initiative 5 years ago and it’s become a staple of my…

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New Health & Wellness Programming Attributes

As much as this update has been on the cards for a while, I am also pleased to say that we have received overwhelming support…

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Trust Fall or Fall from Height?

One of the most vivid memories that many participants of a challenge ropes course report are their experiences with the Trust Fall activity. The Trust…

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Become a Better Storyteller

Do you want to become a better storyteller? Stories are the way we change minds and win hearts, and telling stories with more skill and…

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Low Challenge Course Safety Manual at Your Fingertips

Our online activity database expanded to include low and portable Challenge Course activities in 2020 and this week we uploaded our 20th activity description. Consider it…

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Top 10 Interactive Group Games & Activities

The International Camping Fellowship (ICF) invited me to present a 90 interactive session last week as a part of their newly branded ICF Academy Series…

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Panic Picture – Fast-Paced Story-Telling Reflection Tool

One of the latest group activities to be uploaded to playmeo’s online activity database is Panic Picture. Inspired by our friends at We and Me!…

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Reflection & Debriefing Skills – Four Part Tutorial

Four of the most popular episodes of our recent Facilitator Tips video tutorial series were dedicated to the Why, What, When and How of reflection…

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Top 10 Virtual Reflection Activities

Okay. The virus isn’t going away anytime soon, so it will be very necessary to continue to deliver many of our experiential-based programs and curriculum…

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How Do You Grow As a Facilitator?

My friends at High 5 Adventure Learning Center (USA) published an article last year that focused on how we fuel our growth as facilitators of…

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Is Connection The Same As Belonging?

Readers of this blog will know that I have long been an enthusiastic supporter of the “connect before content” approach. Or, in other words, any…

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Ready to Learn?

How often have you stopped (at the start of your program) to ask if your class or staff are ready to learn? If you’re like…

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NEW – EMOJI Cards

Looking for a fun & creative way for your group to portray & describe emotions? EMOJI Cards are the ideal tool to help participants engage in conversations…

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How To Run Your Own Online Scavenger Hunt

It’s finally here. Everything you need to create and host your own Online Scavenger Hunt events for your class, training group or camp.   If…

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Generativity

Happy new year folks! May 2021 be safe and prosperous for us all 🙂 To kick off the year, I am reprinting (with permission) an…

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2020 in Numbers

Well, what a year, hey? 2020 was just a regular, common, garden-variety kind of year, said, no-one 🙂 While I am pleased to say that…

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7 Do’s & Don’ts When Playing Group Games Online

These past 10 months have been fascinating in so many ways, and none more powerful than honing my craft of presenting group games & activities…