Shaped by Our Past Thumball

Explore the past experiences that shape who you are today

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We are who we are today because of our history and our lifetime of experiences. Encourage your group to share details of their past -- school, friends, family, hobbies, challenges, and more!

Help your team get to know each other. The most compelling reason to break-the-ice is to create a stress-free environment, optimized for learning. These 6" soft and safe Thumballs are a great way to do it. Toss the ball to one player and ask them to share their reaction to whatever prompt lies under their thumb. Shaped by Our Past Thumball is ideal for work, school and home use. Older and "elder" players especially like sharing memories of their past that shaped who they are now.

Shaped by our Past Prompts

  1. A high school regret
  2. A memorable birthday
  3. A memorable school vacation
  4. A mistake or failure you learned from
  5. A non-family member who had an impact on your life
  6. A proud childhood moment
  7. A scary thing that happened to you
  8. A stressful experience you lived through
  9. A time you got in trouble at school
  10. A time you went to the hospital
  11. An important turning point in your life
  12. Describe your "group" in high school
  13. Extra-curricular activities you did
  14. How you spent your summers
  15. How you spent your time after school
  16. How your birth order affected you
  17. Something you hated as a child
  18. Something you've always wanted to do, but haven't
  19. The hardest choice you had to make
  20. What about your parents (grandparents) most influenced you?
  21. What you thought you'd be when you grew up
  22. Where you lived as a kid
  23. Your childhood nickname(s) and how you got it
  24. Your favorite subject in school
  25. Your greatest accomplishment so far
  26. Your happiest childhood memory
  27. Your happiest time of life
  28. Your most challenging time as a kid/young adult
  29. Your most unusual job
  30. Your reputation at home
  32. Catcher's choice

[NOTE: Silver Series Conversation Prompts are available as Thumballs, UNZiP-IT! Pocket & Deck, and Virtual/Remote PPT.]

** TIPS **

Facilitation Suggestions:

Appreciate that this Thumball may remind participants of both happy and challenging moments in their past. If one question feels difficult, invite them to:

  • Take a pass
  • Trade questions with another player
  • Toss again

If you want to kick it up a notch, try these creative twists:

  1. Discuss how the prompt or the player's story may affect current experiences
  2. Have additional players respond to the same prompt before moving along

©Trainers Warehouse – Trainers Warehouse holds the copyright for this set of questions. Reproductions cannot be made without express approval.

This ball is part of Trainers Warehouse's exclusive Silver Series Thumballs.


Shaped by Our Past Thumball

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