GYC educational resources

Finding new activities for local groups of Young Mensans is often challenging for Gifted Youth Coordinators.  Sponsored by the Mensa Foundation, we provide a selection of lesson and activity plans that our GYCs can utilize at the local level. These plans can be scaled up or down depending on number of attendees, desired level of complexity, etc.


Activity plans for gifted youth

Challenge Night

Kids and grown-ups alike will have fun with a variety of building and code-breaking challenges.

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Challenge Night samples
Character Tea Party

Mensans of all ages will enjoy this activity, which involves dressing up as your favorite character from a book and getting together for a little afternoon refreshment. It’s not complicated to do, and it’s inexpensive, too.

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Character Tea Party samples
Duct Tape Bonanza

A duct tape activity is a natural for Mensans — it’s fun, it’s creative and it’s smart.

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Lesson plans for gifted youth

October 13, 2014
Early American Novel: Exploring the emergence of a genre

This unit explores the novel genre itself, as well as the epistolary form. It focuses on the Early American Novel, taking as its basis Hannah Webster Foster’s The Coquette. As this topic is generally neglected in textbooks, this unit creates a useful introduction to American Literature that compliments the non-fiction and short story pieces normally found in the curricular resources.

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General: Quotation Station

Meta-cognition (thinking about thinking) often fascinates gifted learners, and quotations are an accessible and time-effective way to introduce this in the classroom. Quotes lend themselves easily to critical thinking skills, and they are as useful in the home as conversation starters as well.

General: The Power of Invention

Virtually everything we use had to be invented, and behind every invention is a person who saw a problem or an opportunity and invented a solution or a new device. Through this lesson plan, students will describe the development process, evaluate the usefulness of various inventions, and devise a solution to a problem through their own invention.

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Activities just for kids

Inside Out Fun

If you have children (or adults) looking for ways to create and play with simple things, we’ve got some winter doldrums-busting activities for you.

Have fun with slime

Learn some mad (scientist) skills. This activity idea will teach you to make your own slime using common household items.

Pi Day Activities

In honor of Pi Day, the Mensa Foundation has put together 3 math lessons and 14 math activities that are creative and fun for gifted youth of all ages and all interests.

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Gifted Children Coordinator Resources

January 13, 2011
Background Authorization Check (Gifted Youth)
Background Check Authorization (Parent Volunteers)
Gifted Youth Program Handbook

Mensa is not an adults-only organization. Highly intelligent children need friendship and support, and yet meeting intellectual peers is more challenging for children due to limited contacts and mobility. This is where the Gifted Youth Program comes in. This handbook is intended as a reference for Local Groups and others in their Mensa activities and interactions involving minors – whether members or guests.

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GYC: Gifted Youth Photo Release
January 18, 2011
GYC: Gifted Youth Program Mini-Grant Application
January 18, 2011
GYC: Gifted Youth Program Mini-Grant Report Form
July 23, 2013
GYC: Mensa Honor Society Application

The Mensa® Honor Society is open to Young Mensan students between the ages of 10 and 18 who meet the membership qualifications of American Mensa and the society.  Current Young Mensa members should complete this application.

September 23, 2008
GYC: Permission Form for Minors
September 23, 2008
GYC: Safety Essentials Handout
Lesson and activity plans

The Mensa Foundation underwrites several programs in support of gifted youth. Among these hands-on programs are a series of educational activities to be implemented at the local level and a group of lesson plans designed for homeschooling or classroom use.

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