One of my favorite things to do at the beginning of student gatherings is crowd mixers. Usually when you have a crowd of twenty or more students these work great. The reason I love doing this is because many students have their own group they always hangout with. They sit together, hangout together, and are practically inseparable. So one way I like to get them interacting with other students is doing a fun crowd mixer. Mixers are anything that gets your students up out of their seats and interacting with other students in the group, especially the ones they don’t know very well. Here are three of my favorite mixers we have recently done with our students:
Speed Meeting. Speed meeting is much like speed dating, but without the “dating” aspect. What you will need to do is tell every student to get a partner. Once they have a partner, tell them one of them will be person number one and the other will be person number two. Then tell the students who are number one’s in their group to form a circle facing out. Once that circle is formed, tell the other students who are number two’s in their group to form a circle around the other circle, but facing towards the inner circle. Everyone should be facing someone in the other circle. Now this is how the mixer goes. Have a emcee tell either the outside circle or the inside circle to move a certain number of places to the right or left. Each time they do this, they will be in front of someone new. Each time they are in front of someone new, tell them a question or thing they must tell the other person. Have fun with this. Have them share funny, embarrassing, gross, or even spiritual things. This is a great mixer to get students talking to each other especially to students they may never normally talk to.
Lady, Knights, and Horses. You may have seen this mixer done before in a few different variations. To get it set up, tell the students to find a partner. In this mixer, encourage them to find a partner they don’t know or don’t normally hangout with. This mixer also has a game element to it so explain how the “game” works. Like speed meeting, tell them to form two circles. When you say go, have each circle walk in different directions. Then you will yell out one of three things. If you yell out lady, the two students must find each other and one must jump into the other persons arms. If you yell out knights, they will have to find their partner and one of them will have to sit on the knee of the other. If you yell out horses, they must find their partner and one must get on their hands and knees while the other students sits on their back like they would be if riding a horse. Each round, the last group to find their partner and get into position is out and eliminated. So each round you will have one less group until your down to just two groups left to play against each other for the winner.
Who Am I? This is a great mixer to get your students walking around and interecting with almost every student. As students come in, have each of them write the name of a famous person on a sticky note and give it back to you. When it comes time for the mixer, have someone go around and stick a sticky note on each students forehead. Then explain how the mixer works. Everyone must get up and walk around while asking “yes” or “no” questions to try and find out who they are according to the sticky note. Once they think they figured it out, they must come up to you and say who they think they are.
If you have any questions about these mixers or have anything you want to add, feel free to leave a comment below. Also, click here to see some other great mixers you can use with your students.