An exercise to try with your group
Golden Books Exercise
This exercise works well with a group of 6 - 12 participants. You could work with adults or children. As facilitator, you need to have a few things ready in advance:
You will need:
- Light cardboard
- Materials to decorate the cardboard e.g. gold glitter paper, cocktail sticks with glittery frills
- Scissors, glue
First things first:
Create 6 - 10 bookmarks using the craft materials
As the facilitator of the group, choose 6 - 10 books from the library and place a golden bookmark in each of them. Hide the books amongst the shelves in the library.
Invite your group members to see out the 'golden books' and place them on a table.
Let everyone pick a favourite.
In pairs, share with your partner why like this book.
Share with the group what you have talked about (using whatever method you choose - words, mime, movement etc.)
follow on ideas
Where would be your ideal place to read this book?
Take us there - set the scene, using props
What music would accompany this scene?
Ask participants to find a word by turning to the same numbered page, paragraph, sentence and word - use the words to create a poem