Just A Minute

There was a wonderful game that I played growing up while in school and college called Just A Minute. In fact, it was so popular in that part of the world that we had inter-school and inter-college competitions. The rules of the game are very simple – you have to speak on an impromptu topic for one minute without hesitation, repetition, or deviation while maintaining grammatically correct English. One of the other competitors can challenge you and take the podium from you if you trip up. Besides the obvious entertainment that the game provides, it is an excellent way for kids to develop the skills of public speaking, story telling, collecting and sequencing ideas, and expanding their knowledge and vocabulary.

The game has been a very popular BBC Radio show for decades.

Destination Imagination

Eight years ago, I was introduced to a program called Destination Imagination, the largest creative problem solving competition in the world. I was a coach of a team of young elementary kids. It was the beginning of an experience of a lifetime for me. In the years since, I have had the opportunity to continue being associated with this amazing program as a coach, including a life changing trip to Global Finals. There are likely very few programs that can teach core life skills to our children in a fun environment like Destination Imagination. Form a team!! Get your kids involved. They will amaze you with their creativity.

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