To create a non-threatening quick bond between women who can share their closest and most valuable property with a total stranger and be proud of the results.
Paper, pencils, a list of items, women and their purses full of stuff!
Divide women into teams. (It’s generally best to group together those who are sitting together or in close proximity.) One woman at each table can volunteer to be the secretary who keeps track of the “loot” count. Provide a list of items women might carry in their purse to an announcer. As she reads one item on the list, the women will search through their purses for as many of that particular item as she can get her hands on. Items on the list might include a comb, paper clip, Lego or Barbie shoes, tissue, band-aid, lipstick, keys, etc. It’s fun to have some of the typical things on the list, but the real fun begins when out of the ordinary items are mentioned. For example, a penny older than 1980, diaper or diaper cream, snack bar, crackers, kid’s toy, rain cap, tums, pill box, to do list…and so on.The secretary needs to record the number of items each woman finds.
At the end of the search, women can call out the number of items in order (if smaller groups), or number of items total (for larger groups). The group with the most items from their purses/diaperbags wins. A small token or prize can be given to each of the winning ladies. (This won’t work as well at a place (retreat center) where women might not carry their purses.)
This is a fun activity to play as a race or just as a casual time for the women to talk and have fun.
Submitted by Lynnette Hudson, Tulsa, OK