One game-like activity I used on the inpt unit was a game called SPOONS. It is card game using spoons (or any other object as a substitute). In a way, it is like musical chairs done with the spoons and playing the card game is like the music. I have used it for both adults and adolescents.
2 decks of cards shuffled together
the number of spoons is ONE LESS than the number of people playing
(if you have 5 players, you have 4 spoons)
The object of the game:
The spoons are placed in the center of the table. The dealer (who also plays) shuffles the decks and then deals each person 5 cards (including self). The object of the game is for someone to make "5 of a kind" out of their five cards. When a person gets a "5 of a kind", he/she reaches quickly for a spoon at the center of the table. When the other players see that person reaching for a spoon, they all do too (regardless of what their own cards say). Of course, one person doesn't get a spoon. That is considered "a round" or play. The person who doesn't get a spoon sits out the next round. On the next round, all the spoons are returned to the center of the table, minus one more...and "new dealer" becomes the next person to the left of the old dealer in the new round. So, for example, round one, 5 players-4 spoons...next round, 4 players, 3 spoons....next round, 3 players, 2 spoons...you get the idea....till one player remains at the end of rounds. This game is much more fun when the cards are dealt fast and is played fast.
"The dealer" starts off the game and determines "how fast" the rounds are played. The dealer picks a card up from the deck and compares it to his five cards in his/her hand. Can he/she use it to build a "5 of a kind" in his/her hand? If not, he/she passes the card to the person on his/her left. If it can be used, he/she places that card in his/her hand instead and discards a card to the person to the left of him/her by giving it to him/her. Only 5 cards are to be held. That person on the left does the same with the card given and discards to the person on his/her left...and that continues around the players. The very last person who is playing places his/her discard face up on the table. That pile of cards are considered dead, and cannot be used.
"The dealer" doesn't have to wait for anyone...but continues to pick up a card from the original deck, one right after the other, "can I use it or not?", discarding/passing to the left. The fun is in the speed in which this is done and played. When anyone reaches his/her "5 of a kind"....it starts off the extra fun when that person then reaches for a spoon (signaling that he/she has the "5 of a kind")....and everyone else tries to quickly grab for their spoons in order to stay in the next round.
Very fun to play.
It is also a good game too from a clinical point...evaluating attention and concentration levels among members....as well as the ability to socialize.
Again, the game is called SPOONS...because of the use of spoons at the center of the table. But, any substitute object can be used....cotton balls, erasers, et cetera.