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Start When You Start is a quick, simple opener or closer which may strengthen the bond between group members. The group holds hands and "starts when it starts, and finishes when it finishes." The rest is up to your group to figure things out on their own.

In the following course you will learn how to properly set-up and facilitate the activity and then if you wish, move students through an academic and/or social skills development reflection experience.

*This activity has been adapted from the Ice Breakers & Openers CD-ROM of The Inspire! Youth Series from LearningChange, LLC.



This activity is appropriate for children of every age.

Group Size
Any group size will work with this activity.

Any school setting is appropriate for this activity.

This activity should take about 5-7 minutes to complete with your group. Budget more time if you wish to go into depth by using any of the extension activities or questions.



Academic Standards & Asset Development

For specific academic and social development lessons for this activity, see the Academic Extensions and Social Extensions sections in this module.

How to Take this Unit

This course will walk you step-by-step through the process of setting up and leading this activity, as well as facilitating the conversations and specific academic & social lessons after the experience.

Begin here and move from section to section, and be sure to download and print the activity's PDF Quick Reference Guide and any handouts as you prepare for your event.

Course Duration

Budget about 5-10 minutes to walk through all sections and view all video and written instruction for this course.

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