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1st Impressions Awesomesauce Game

In 2014, Barbara Chamberlin offered a workshop for 4-H youth on manners and making a good first impression. She developed this game to be played as part of the workshop. Designed to be used with groups of 25-34 players, it takes a little over an hour to play.

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Nametags make it easy to divide the workshop into teams. Once the nametags are handed out, 4-Hers can change roles if they'd like, but not teams.

"1st Impressions Awesomesauce" was created as a way for youth to ask questions about what to do in specific social situations (a dinner party or a reception), and then research and collaborate to learn answers. Teams prep a "dinner guest" and a "reception guest" with recommendations on what to do. Then, during a mock dinner and a mock reception, the team earns points for the way their "guests" behave. Teams can play cards to "ask a question" of an adult if they can't find the answer on their own or to receive a "time out" to prepare their dinner guest to respond to an unexpected event.

To play the game, you will need to print: (Click files to download)

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For the mock reception, small snacks were provided, giving the 4-Hers opportunities to explore how to handle food at a similar event.
  • Game Cards
    (Each team receives 2 time out cards and 2 ask and 2 expert cards.)
  • Labels for the Point Bowls
    You will also need:
    • point Bowls (6 small bowls to put the chips in)
    • Different colored poker chips to act as points

You will also need:

  • Learning Resources (manners books, web-enabled devices, printouts, etc)
  • Stopwatch or clock
  • Mock "dinner" and "reception" (see "Workshop Host Guidelines" doc for full details.
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The Points Table stands ready. As different teams do something right, workshop leaders announce it, and place a chip in the bowl: one point to the red team for thanking the president for inviting them to the party.
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At the opening of the mock reception, one reception guest has to greet the university president as team members watch.
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During the mock reception, one team asked for help on how to hold a drink and cookie AND shake hands.
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Web-enabled devices are a great way for team members to do research during the game, discovering answers to their own questions.
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With the prep sheet in hand, team members prepare by looking up strategies and good manners.
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At the mock dinner, each team's guest had to eat a small snack, make appropriate conversation and react to different prompts, while their teammates looked on.
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At the mock dinner, one 4-Her helps another who has had water spilled on him by a sever.
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At the end of the workshop, 4-Hers reflected on their one takeaway.