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You’re in the store looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone, maybe even just a friend. You’re surrounded by shades of hot pink and red, roses, velvet hearts, and the same regurgitated message over and over. Despite the corniness surrounding this pseudo-holiday, I still love being able to offer a gift of kindness to all those who are important to me! There aren’t enough Valentine’s Day cards that are inclusive of everyone – and not just a significant other.
Once every 6 weeks or so, our team participates in a group exercise. We dubbed it “Recreation.” These activities can be pretty much anything we want, as long as there is some sort of synergy through creative exercises or problem solving.
One person executes and leads everyone through the activity. So far, we’ve done an egg-drop experiment, improvisational theater, and a scavenger hunt guided by riddles.
I volunteered to host the fourth official Recreation activity. I didn’t want there to be teams, just something hands-on. And crafty as hell.
With Valentine’s Day coming up this week, I thought it would be fun for everyone to take a new approach to the classic valentine celebration. It was pretty open-ended with just a few rules: be offbeat and no clichés or anything traditionally “Valentines-y.” Your valentine could be for your significant other, but it was really fun to think about what we could say to a friend, neighbor, family member, or a coworker.
I provided the group with a spread of materials – everything from colored paper and doilies, to mini pom-poms and glitter. One of my favorite parts about an activity like this is seeing what materials everyone gravitates toward.
This exercise included copywriting and design, so it was fun to observe those who don’t use these skills on a daily basis create something so unique! See for yourself: