Wednesday, October 2, 2013

This Or That?

I was in charge of the activity this week for Young Women.  We were welcoming two new girls into the group so I wanted to plan some kind of get-to-know-you game.  I found a couple ideas online and decided to combine them.
First, I took a bunch of tongue depressors and wrote two words, one on each end, which the girls would have to choose between.  Some examples were "Chocolate" or "Vanilla", "Cats" or "Dogs", and "Facebook" or "Instagram".  I also took some yarn and wound it into a ball.  The container is just a No. 10 can wrapped in washi tape.
I tied the end of the yarn to my wrist and picked a stick.  I can't remember the exact stick I picked, but lets say it was "Fame" or "Money".  I chose "Money".
The next step was to ask who agreed with me.  Everyone who agreed raised their hands.  I then threw the yarn to someone with a raised hand.  They put their had down, wrapped the yarn around themselves and threw it to someone else with a raised hand.  This continued until no raised hands were left.  At that point, the person with the yarn chose another stick and the game continued.

Pretty soon, the yarn had woven quite a web illustrating that we are all connected in some way.
I was pretty nervous going into the game.  I figured everyone would love it or it would be a huge flop.  Surprisingly everyone had a blast and really enjoyed themselves.  It was great getting to know everyone a little better and it was a perfect introduction for the new girls to the group.
 P.S.  You may want some scissors on hand for the end!


  1. I love this idea! Thank you for sharing. I would love to see a list of all your stick ideas. We have had fun coming up with them.

  2. This is great! Thank you. How long was your yarn?

  3. Love this! Can you share your list of stick ideas? And yes, how long was your yarn?

  4. Thanks for the idea, we used this yesterday at my son's 16th birthday party!! All the kids seem to love it!!

  5. Cookies or Cake
    Summer or Winter
    Boots or Tennis Shoes
    Big City or Small Town
    Friends or Family
    Chocolate or Vanilla
    Cats or Dogs
    Fame or Money
    Books or Movies
    Roses or Daisies
    Call or Text
    Mornings or Nights
    Art or Music
    Pink or Purple
    Dance or Soccer
    Mission or Marriage
    Elsa or Anna
    Sun or Moon
    Snow or Sand
    Soda or Lemonade
    Hamburgers or Hot Dogs
    Apples or Oranges
    Driving or Flying
    Jungle or Desert
    Camping or Hotels
    Horse or Dog
    Dishes or Laundry
    Pearls or Diamonds
    Skirts or Pants
    Christmas or Thanksgiving
    Saturday or Sunday
    Puzzles or Games
    Minecraft or Terraria
    Piano or Guitar
    Hair bow or Pony Tail
    Green or Blue
    Car or iPhone
    Vacation or Presents
    Carrots or Sugar Snap Peas
    Water or Milk
    Spaghetti or Pizza
    Homework or Chores
    Food Network or Cartoons
    Swimming or Hiking
    Swimming Pool or Ocean
    Owl or Wolf
    Arial or Sleeping Beauty
    Princess or Movie Star
    Library or Museum
    Swings or Slide
    Band or Choir
    Softball or Basketball
    Hearts or Stars
    Harry Potter or Percy Jackson
    Candy Bar or Fruit Snacks
    Brownies or Pie
    Math or Science
    Hawaii or Paris
    Chick-Fil-A or Panera
    Turtle or Fish
    Purse or Backpack
    Big Family or Small One
    New York or Los Angeles
    Alabama or Auburn
    Pancakes or Cereal
    Teacher or Nurse
    Save or Spend
    Pens or Pencils
    Clean Room or Messy
    Bath or Shower
    Want Stratight Hair or Curly
    Colored Socks or White
    Meat & Cheese or PB&J
    Grape or Strawberry
    Brothers or Sisters
    Oldest Middle Youngest
    Mountains or Flat Lands
    Home Lunch or School
    Jacket or Hoodie
    Scarves or Necklaces
    Move Around or Settle Down
    Adventurous or Cautious
    Shy or Outgoing
    Talkative or Quiet
    Watch or Bracelet
    Zippers or Buttons
    Volleyball or Basketball
    Nickname or Full Name
    Ice w/ Drinks or No Ice
    Cooking or Sewing
    Waitress or Bagger
    Dentist or Doctor

    1. Thank you and this list is awesome!!

    2. Making my jar now! Thanks for the list and great idea. We just got 8 new beehives in the past two weeks so we needed this!

    3. Thanks so much for this! Using it tonight!

    4. Thank you so much for sharing! Perfect for our new beehives!

  6. Love this idea! As an introvert myself, I usually hate "getting to know you" games, and so I'm extra cautious when planning them for groups. This one is fun but low-key!

  7. Seriously the cutest!! Thank you so much!! I can't wait to do this with my activity day girls!

  8. Dear Jenny,
    My name is Lisaa and I work for Korea Arts & Culture Education Service(KACES). We publish nonprofit weekly web magazine [arte365] covering worldwide projects, ideas and cases on arts & culture education.

    We hope to feature your ‘This or That’ in our web-zine, under ‘Idea’ category. (In this category, we introduce diverse art ideas that gives insight, fun art play ideas and useful knowhow for art lessons.) We want to ask for your permission if we can publish 1~2 photos on this page(we won't publish the ones with girls' faces in it) and introduce the concept of your idea briefly on our web-zine. We will of course include the web-address of your photo to inform where this idea originally came from. Web-zine [arte365] follows Creative Commons License(CC).

    Please send me e-mail back to if you don’t want your contents to be used. For more information about us, you can visit KACES English homepage( and our web-zine( Thank you.

  9. I'd like to use this for an activity! Such a great idea! But it would help greatly if i knew what kind and how much yarn I need. How long was your yarn and what kind did you use?

  10. I love this idea and plan on using it!

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  12. Awesome idea, I'm using it for an activity days game. We just got a lot of new girls, and I think this will be fun even for the younger girls. Thank you :)

  13. Fanbloidytastic. Im happy to be inspired 💞

  14. Thank you so much! I am so glad you shared the list as well as more detail on how to play the game. I am doing it with ALL of our Activity Days!