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|Name: Ryan Fisher
School: Syracuse University
This is kind of the opposite of an ice breaker. It is the
perfect "ice-freezer" to close out a year and help residents
lock up some of their memories. Have all of your residents sit
on the floor in a circle. Give one person a ball of yarn and
tell them to wrap some the yarn around their hand. They then
should choose a person in the circle who has had an impact on their
life in some way during the year, explain to the group what that
impact was, and then throw them the ball of yarn. The person who
now has the yarn does the same thing. This continues until the
yarn runs out, or everyone has had enough. Once you're done,
there will be a big spider web in the room! Explain then how
even though everyone may not have been friends or gotten along, the
entire floor has been connected in some way to each other during the
A large ball of yarn, a pair (or two) of scissors
As the program progresses, repeatedly remind the group to make sure
everyone in the circle gets the yarn at least once, so nobody feels
left out. (It would be really awful for that person if this
happened) And once you're done, pass around the scissors and
offer residents to cut a piece of the yarn to keep as a souvenir.