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ADULT LEARNING ACTIVITIES
ADULT LEARNING REFERENCES
BREAST FEEDING RESOURCES
ICE BREAKER IDEAS
NUTRITION CEU ACTIVITIES
Nancy Boothby FLC
Nancy Burnham FLC
Jennifer Craft FLC
Ebone Edwards FLC
Susan Eviston FLC
Johnelle Gethers FLC
Alicia Heidacher FLC
Carolyn Jenkins FLC
Lessie Johnson FLC
Cynthia Josey FLC
Nan Krueger FLC
Debbie McCoy FLC
Penny Moore FLC
Cassandra Shark FLC
Kimberly Williams FLC
Marooned, Power of Story, and Magic Wand Adapted From:
Peterson, D. (n.d.).
Top Ten Ice Breakers for Adults
. About.com: Continuing Education. Retrieved in Sept. 2010 from
No more than 30 people
No more than 30 minutes
Give people a few minutes to think about this question: "If you were marooned on a deserted island, what three foods would you want to bring with you and why?
Participants share their choices with the group. The facilitator can use a food selected by participants for the jump off to a nutrition topic for facilitated learning session.
Power of Story
Approx. 20 people
No more than 20 minutes
Tell participants that you want to honor the life experiences and wisdom that the participants bring to your nutrition learning sessions. Ask the participants to pair up and share with each other a memory they have about family dinner, or their favorite food, or an experience with being introduced to a food they did not like and changing their mind about that food item.
After sharing in pairs ask for volunteers to share with the entire group. The facilitator can use the stories to develop the nutrition theme that comes out of the stories.
Approx. 20 people
No more than 20 minutes
The facilitator demonstrates for the group how the magic wand icebreaker works by holding the wand and stating their name and making a wish relating to food preparation, nutrition, activity, feeding children / eating / breast feeding or any other topic relating to nutrition and then passes it on to someone else in the group to use.
The facilitator guides the group through brainstorming for ideas / suggestions for how to make a wish come true.
Hangman: For the Breastfeeding Class
Everyone guesses one letter as you go around the circle. Put the following on the board or paper…
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
It spells out Breastfeeding – Fast food on the go
People Bingo: For Prenatals and Breastfeeders
Find someone who thought it hurt; find someone who had immediate skin to skin contact after birth. Everyone can learn something about the others, but they can also feel like they weren’t the only ones with these common BF issues/experiences
The object of this icebreaker is to have the clients interact with each other to find out who may have had one of these issues and write that person’s name in the box. The first client to complete all boxes win. If there is not enough clients then the first to get three in a row wins.
Colors of the Rainbow
Write these colors on a board or paper
Go around in order and let the person name a fruit or vegetable in the next color. Record the fruits and vegetables next to that color.
Examples of color groups of fruits and vegetables
Red – beets, cheeries, red grapes, red apples, radishes, red peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon, rhubarb, raspberries, red potatoes, pink grapefruit, cranberries, red cabbage, pomegranates
Green – avocados, green apples, artichokes, green cabbage, cucumbers, lettuce, green onions, spinach, zucchini, honeydew melon, broccoli, kiwi, celery
Blue/purple – purple grapes, raisins, juneberries, eggplant, blackberries, blueberries, figs, prunes, plums, purple cabbage
White – potatoes, bananas, garlic, jicama (he ka ma), mushrooms, parsnips, turnips, ginger, cauliflower, onions, leeks
Fact or Fiction:
The facilitator has a list of fact and fiction statements. Each client introduces themselves and answers one of the statements telling whether it is a fact or fiction.
Whole milk has less fat than 2% milk.
There is no difference between fruit drinks and juice
Salmon is a good source of Calcium
A 3 year old child should have about 2-4oz of protein a day
An ideal portion of juice for a child is 8oz daily.
A pregnant woman should drinks 3-4 8oz cups of milk daily.
All fast foods are bad for you.
A child should be active for at least 90 minutes a day.
Ask everyone to add an adjective before their name which best describes them and helps to remember them easily. Have them introduce themselves with that adjective in their name. The adjective should start with the first letter of their name. Suppose someone's name is Anne. Then here, the person could use the adjective, "active" or "attractive" as per the first letter. "A." You could address this person as 'Active Anne' or 'Attractive Anne' for the rest of the day.
Tools needed: a bag, index card, pens
Everyone is given a pen and a index card. Each person will right down the name of their favorite famous athlete, singer, actor or actress and one clue that would identity them. The instructor will pull from bag, read the clue on the back, identify who wrote it and remind that person not to help with guessing. The class will try to guess who that entertainer is.
My Favorite and Least Favorite Food
The facilitator goes around the room and haseach client introduce themselves and name their favorite and least favorite food.
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