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Children form teams of no more than 10 players. Each player is blindfolded and needs to put themselves in height order in respect to the rest of their teammates. They must do this without talking. The successful players will complete this task because one member will usually appoint himself/herself as the leader and will arrange everyone else on the team. This will provide a springboard for participants to discuss healthy and unhealthy leadership. See also cup stacking game.
Divide the group into small groups of max 8 people in each group; put each group into a separate room or space
Explain that together the group has to come up with:
3 games for 2 people
3 games for 3 people
3 games for 5 people
Ask all the groups to begin playing their games. After a short while, pause the games and explain that from now on they will need to play in silence. Give them 1 minute to speak and decide on their own nonverbal way of communicating which will help them play these games and/or switch from one game to another. Then ask them to begin playing in silence. Once they have got into their stride, tap one person on the shoulder from each group (ideally the person who is taking an active or leading role) and walk them to a new group without speaking. So each group now has a new member. After a few more minutes, swap another person around, do this a few times until each group is made up of approximately half the original members and half new members. Do groups accommodate new members? What does it feel like to be on the outside? Can you understand what it may be like for someone who is never able to talk? What can we learn from this activity about building inclusive groups?
Leaders start any team game such as a ball game or tag. The leader leaves some children out while explaining to them that this is only for a few seconds and they will be included very soon. As the game gets underway ask one of the “excluded” children to enter the game. Notice if the newcomer gets absorbed in the game or not. Next ask the other children to just stand on the side and see if they get included. Chances are that they will not. This offers the leader a chance to highlight how children are often ignored and excluded inadvertently.
Divide the group into 6 smaller groups and give each group a hula hoop. A seventh hula hoop is placed in the middle of the group with a number of plastic balls such as those used in a ball pond/pit. Teams are told that they have 30 seconds to get as many balls from the middle into their hula hoop. Each ball is worth 1 point. Do this for 2 rounds. In the third round tell the players that they have 30 seconds to get as many balls as they can but this time they can take balls from wherever they wish and move the hoops as well. Do this for up to 3 rounds depending on how the activity is progressing. Lots of bullying will occur. This offers the leader a chance to discuss how and why bullying occurs and what we can do to prevent it.
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