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Gather your group around you, and explain that, in a moment, you will shout out a number ± any number from, say one to ten (the bigger your group, the bigger you can make the top end). Immediately, everyone must form a group consisting of that number of people. In my experience, groups get very huggy at this point, and form little fortresses with their bodies to prevent others from joining their little huddle. Naturally, you will often get a few poor souls left over, the so-called remainder, if we speak in the language of long division. At this moment, you have several options. You can eliminate these folks, move them to the side, and continue with the next shouted number, and so on until you get the lucky µwinners.¶ This is fine; however, I think it¶s best to simply shout another number. It keeps the energy up, is much less competitive, and more fun for everyone. And the look on the faces of the µdejected¶ when they hear the next number called (µI¶m saved¶) is priceless. Move from five to three, then up to nine and back down to four so that a high degree of mixing occurs. Shout ³ONE!´ just to see what happens. Variations
Add the proviso that when a new number is called, a person cannot form a group with anyone who was in their previous group (as much as is possible). This tweaking of the rules will spoil the plans of those crafty individuals who prefer to stick together, simply opting to ebb and flow in terms of their membership number at any point in time. Form a group according to a simple, easily-accessible category, such as dark-coloured tops, brand of running shoes, gender, colour of eyes, etc. Similar to Categories. Once formed, instruct the newly-created groups to use their collective bodies to make the shape of a letter of the alphabet, or numeral, or object, e.g., table, house, car, etc.
October 16, 2009 by Mark Collard Filed under: Ice-Breakers The perfect ice-breaker ± ideal for mixing people in a fun and non-threatening manner At A Glance Your group splits into a variety of smaller groupings, according to a series of categories you announce. What You Need
10 ± 20 mins
What To Do
. Which shoulder(s) you hold a carry-bag ± right. etc. first when dressing. give the participants a few moments to say hello to one another. Position of your thumbs. To this end. but in most cases.g. socks. The idea is to invite your group to meet as many new people as possible. Preference for cooking or cleaning up. when folded on your chest. so please. or tempt them from your group.g. 3. including yourself. left or both shoulders.¶ which do you prefer to hear first? Preference for the way toilet paper spills off the roll ± like a waterfall. alternate between two-group splits and multi-group splits. etc. when you clasp your hands together so that your fingers interlock. hair. announce the next split. and the even numbers do the same. shorts. There are simply hundreds of them out there. For example. Number of items you recycle at home. paper. Variation Use to divide a large group into roughly random and even teams. that is left or right on top. if the category is ³Colour of your pants.. 5-10 km. For mixing purposes. 7 or 9 ± get together. or you run out of ideas. Simple half-half splits: y y y y y y y y y Arm that ends up crossed over the top of the other. Preference for washing or drying dishes. Leg you put into your pants. How often you shave each week? Distance you have travelled to get here (use clumps of distances. e. Type of shoes you are wearing (not necessarily their brand). ³What was so cool about being the oldest / youngest / in-between child in your family?´ Here are just a few sample and fun group categories. When presented with a µgood news / bad news story. don¶t hesitate to make up your own. or against the back towards the wall. if you have the time and the inclination. If you are looking for an even split. and just don¶t seem to find a category that fits. underwear. as soon as the groups have formed. Colour of your eyes.Ask your group to separate according to the categories or groupings you are about to announce. Upon identifying each of the groups. tin. 5. Simple multi-group splits: y y y y y y y y y Month / zodiac sign in which you were born. Sometimes. Last digit of your home telephone number. plastic. All the odd numbers ± 1. individuals may find themselves alone. or perhaps share something of relevance to the category. such as 0-5 km. Number of street you live at ± odds and evens. etc. simply use the old scientific . etc. Number of siblings in your family.´ everyone wearing blue jeans will group together. over the top and forward. You can keep splitting folks for as long as they are having fun. e. glass. Number of continents you have visited. small groupings of commonality will develop.
before this other person repeats the process. move over here. and the process starts all over again. 2009 by Mark Collard Filed under: De-inhibitizers. more if your group has a good level of nameknowingness. Minimum of 10. A series of chaotic and confusing crossings will result. you and you. What To Do Having formed a circle. Mintie Game . Taken from µCount Me In: Large Group Activities That Work¶ Fill Me In October 16. perhaps shake hands. At this time. invite people to shake the hand and greet (using the name) of someone as they pass them in the middle of the circle. At a point you believe the group is ready for more. Variations y y Invite the person who has called out a name. Ice-Breakers A name reminder game featuring a chaotic combination of movements. encourage lots of eye contact and careful movements. The first person fills the space of the newly announced person as this second person moves into the centre of the circle and immediately calls out a third person¶s name. introduce a second and third person calling out a name across the circle. In and out. in and out it goes on.method of indiscriminately moving a few people (³Hey. What You Need y y y A flat. open space. 10 ± 15 minutes. the action begins when one person steps into the circle ± at the same time announcing the name of someone who is on the other side of the circle to them ± and walks toward that person. At A Glance People assume the place of a person standing in the circle whose name they have just called. to introduce themselves by name to the other.´) to even out the groupings. As the movement of people in the centre of the circle gains momentum. and up to 30.
say 10. The person with the most Minties at the end µwins. . 2010 by Mark Collard Filed under: FUNN Games Another one in a long line of hilarious it-should-be-so-easy-to-do activities. etc. What You Need y y 10 µMinties¶ or other sweet treats (preferably wrapped).´ It¶s near impossible! One Duck May 10. Variation y Substitute the word ³YES´ with other colloquially popular words such as ³LIKE. approach them and calmly ask ³Do you have any Minties left? ³Yes I do. this seems so easy to do. Distribute an exact number.´ and if you want to make it really difficult ± the word ³AND.¶ My favourite line to gain a quick Mintie? I spy anyone on their own. I first played this game with µMinties¶ (refreshingly chewy mint lolly).´ Every time your partner utters this pleasantly uncomplicated word.. and then just as quickly. exchange pleasantries etc.´ Works like a charm. you gain a Mintie. per person 5 ± 10 mins What To Do Ohhhh. tell them not to eat them ± just yet! Now. to everyone in your group. At A Glance Sitting in a circle. 2010 by Mark Collard Filed under: Ice-Breakers An awesome mixer that is as effective as it is delicious At A Glance Starting with 10 treats each. and then engage in the fine art of conversation. until the group has recited each part five times in a row without mistake. Encourage them to introduce themselves. your goal is to cause the other to say the word ³YES. engaging in conversation as often as possible. but I swear the simple exercise of not saying ³YES´ is so hard. But this is not just any form of conversation.January 26. but it works just as well with any sweet treat. each person recites one part of a four-part phrase which multiplies each time it is completed. invite your group to mix and mingle with each other. er«arghhhhhh. people aim to earn more treats by causing as many people as possible to say the word ³YES´ in their ensuing conversations.
with perhaps five. ie it goes something like this ³one duck´ (pause) ³fell in´ (pause) ³the pond´ (pause) ³kerplunk´. a climactic fifth time!! One duck. you all deserve a huge round of applause. . Give it a go. Instruct the group that you would now like them to repeat this verse ± one person at a time in a clockwise direction ± saying only one part at a time.. and to achieve the all-time world¶s record. each part of the stanza is said twice. fell in. The punctuation is deliberate. but this time. until you get to the ³kerplunk´ and ³kerplunk´ parts. and the person to his / her left will then say ³fell in´. followed by their neighbour repeating ³One duck´. etc. No prizes for guessing what happens next (I told you this was easy). The verse continues around the circle. When you get to ³kerplunk´. It seems so easy to count to five. six or even seven parts. Make up your own little verse. and should be reflected in the way you recite the verse the first time. Keep going. For example. forgets how many of which part of the verse has already been uttered. 10 ± 15 minutes What To Do Form your group into a circle and ask the participants to repeat the words ³One duck ± fell in ± the pond ± kerplunk´. the next person (ie fifth person in turn) says ³One duck´. one duck. Variations y y Have the verse circle the group in the opposite direction. I totally understand why the record is so elusive. the verse is repeated again. one duck.What You Need y y y A comfortable. So. typically. then passing to the next person who says ³fell in´. one duck. and so on. this time with each part being repeated three times. and the next repeats ³fell in´. open space possibly with chairs. Consider it a stanza comprising four parts. fell in. yet after many failed world record attempts. then four times. and so on and on it goes. the first person will say ³One duck´. If your group can make it to this level. Now for the tricky bit. etc. Arghhhh«. or a long lie down! Explosions of incredulous laughter will break out when someone. fell in. one duck. Minimum of 8 and up to 15 people.
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