Play Toolkit – Paper Toss

What You Need:

  • Sheets of Paper

  • Pens or Pencils

Directions:

  • Distribute one Paper Toss sheet (see next page) to each participant, along with a pen or pencil.

  • Have each participant write three facts about himself or herself that the other members of the group might not know.

  • Instruct the participants to not to write their names on the Paper Toss sheets.

  • Have each participant crumple-up the Paper Toss sheet into a ball.

  • On cue, have the participants toss the crumpled sheets into the center of the room, creating a pile.

  • Ask each participant to find a Paper Toss sheet, uncrumple it, and read silently the three written facts.

  • Instruct the participants to search-out the author of the written facts on their Paper Toss sheet by going from person to person and inquiring; the participants will be searching, as well as being asked questions at the same time.

  • Once all of the authors have been identified, have each participant introduce the author of the facts on his or her Paper Toss sheet to the rest of the group by identifying the author by name (“This is Billy.”) and reading out loud the three facts (“He is going on vacation to New York City. He doesn’t like mashed potatoes. He can do a handstand in a pool.”).

If you can’t get outside, bring the fun indoors with this engaging activity for either a group or just a few people. Surprise notes inside allow for socialization and self-esteem building. It promotes gross motor skills, whether on the floor or playing from bed or a wheelchair.

All activities should be supervised by an adult.

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