large-group-activity-ideas

If you can choose, would you rather be in a small group or a large one? Say, for a get-together. Most of you would probably answer “small.” After all, it is natural for large group get-togethers to lose intimacy and significance. Celebrations or outings that involve a lot of people usually have a lot of trouble trying to get everyone acting on the same page.

Large Group Activity Ideas

large-group-activity-ideas

If you can choose, would you rather be in a small group or a large one? Say, for a get-together. Most of you would probably answer “small.” After all, it is natural for large group get-togethers to lose intimacy and significance. Celebrations or outings that involve a lot of people usually have a lot of trouble trying to get everyone acting on the same page. Most people would divide themselves into smaller groups and do their own thing – ultimately leading to everyone’s attention getting divided (Check out: https://www.skillsyouneed.com/ips/difficult-group-behaviour.html). Compared to this, small groups feel more intact and cooperative. Each person is involved and they share in the fun! But we can’t just keep having small gatherings now, can we?

Truth is, most of the gatherings we’ll host and attend will be in large groups. Birthday parties, team buildings, company outings, high school reunions, and many other occasions have large groups in attendance. If you don’t widen your imagination, large group gatherings will forever be boring and will always lack meaning. If you’re up for the challenge, however, you can turn things around and make these seemingly dead parties come to life! All you need is a little inspiration.

In order to deal with large groups, you also have to think big; you have to think outside the box. What applies to small gatherings may not necessarily work for large ones. So for now, you have to clear your head of whatever party constructs you already have and make space for new learnings! Large group gatherings aren’t as dull as you think. You just need to have the right activity.

Aside from luring them in with good (and free) food simmering in enticing cookware, you need to prepare a good activity for the group. In order to find the perfect activity to do in your large group, first contemplate on the following questions:

  1. What activities do most people like?
  2. If I do this activity (“this” being any activity you answer in #1), what would be its restrictions/limitations (e.g. age, physicality, etc.)?
  3. What is the point of this activity? Will participants gain anything from it (e.g. relationship building, camaraderie, skills, etc.)?
  4. On a 1-10 scale, how appealing do I personally find this activity?

Once you answer all these questions, you should be a whole lot closer to finding the perfect large group activity ever! To hasten the process of getting there, we thought you’d appreciate some inspiration. So below, we have listed down timeless, all-around large group activities we hope you’d come to love. You might even want to consider using them in your upcoming parties. Enjoy!

Get Them Involved Through Team Plays

When you’re dedicating the entire day to a large group, it’s hard to think of a way to get them engaged from start to finish – especially when you’re dealing with a group that’s unfamiliar with each other. For example, even if a large group is coming from the same company, they may still come from different departments. If you don’t do something, they’d just end up interacting with people they already know and break up into smaller groups. To prevent this, you have to randomize the people who gather in one group to promote engagement and interaction. Try the color-coding scheme. Wherein, every person or employee is already assigned a specific color before the program even starts (Tip: You can use a colored name tag to identify them). People with like colors will be grouped together regardless of which department they’re from.

After getting everyone grouped, have them compete with each other – in a friendly way, of course! Organize treasure hunts, races, and other team plays that will encourage each diverse team to talk, discuss, and share ideas with each other. By doing this, you can help form new friendships and promote camaraderie. You can teach them how to work together to meet the same objectives despite coming from different departments. Ultimately, the company or group concerned can establish common goals and may work more cohesively in the future.

Let Them Display Their Artistic Talents

If games and team plays aren’t your kind of thing, how about a showcase of talents then? Using the same grouping organization as before (randomized groups), have each group prepare presentations to share with other groups. You can make it a competition just to make everyone feel that they have to contribute something for the good of the group. It can be a song, dance, drama, or comedic presentation. It can even be a combination of all. This activity should be entertaining for all the groups and the organizers as well. It will help cultivate group cooperation and will also serve as a chance for group members to get to know each other better.   

BINGO Sounds Fun Now, Doesn’t It?

Of course, not all large group activities have to be done with smaller groupings. You can maintain the large group and still have everyone participate on their own. For instance, bingo night is something everyone can enjoy so why not consider it?

Pass around bingo cards, one or two for each person. Offer a pot prize to encourage everyone’s participation. The prize doesn’t have to be money. It could be groceries, amusement park tickets, train/plane tickets, home appliances, or a whole week of vacation from work – just be creative! Organizers can take the role of the announcers. This way, everyone contributes something to the activity. A brilliant plan, I say!   

Check out these fabulous game ideas: https://plentifun.com/team-games-for-large-groups

Reward Interaction

Finally, you can have a simple large group outing – with a twist! If everyone prefers to have the day off, then let them have the day off. Don’t have them play games or run around all day; give them a day to relax and lounge about. To promote interaction with other, however, you can assign them with a special task. Give them a list of questions that they can casually ask others about (e.g. What is your name? What is your favorite color? What is your favorite hobby?) and announce a prize for the person with the longest list of answers. Trick is, you have to make them ask questions to different people they are not yet acquainted with throughout the day. This way, even if they’re just idling about, they can still interact with new faces and converse with other people!

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