Fun & Relaxation

Exercise: 1-2-3-4

Useful for: Loosening-up, concentration, laughter, team work.

Time: 15 to 20 minutes

Group size: 10 to 15 participants

Materials: None

Guide:

This exercise is a repetition of 4 movements:

1= touch your head with both hands

2=touch your shoulders with both hands

3=touch your hips with both hands

4=slap your right foot with your right hand

 

Participants would need to repeat this 10 times, in the following way:

• First, participants would need to say ‘1,2,3,4’ (with no movements). Participants repeat this rhythm twice.

• Second, participants touch their head on 1 but do not say 1 and say ‘2,3,4’. Participants repeat this rhythm twice.

• Third, participants touch their head on 1, touch their shoulders on 2, but do not say 1 or 2 and say ‘3,4’. Participants repeat this rhythm twice.

• Fourth, participants touch their head on 1, touch their shoulders on 2, touch their hips on 3 but do not say 1,2,3 and say ‘4’. Participants repeat this rhythm twice.

• Fifth, participants touch their head on 1, touch their shoulders on 2, touch their hips on 3 and slap their right foot with their right hand on 4 but do not say anything. Participants repeat this rhythm twice. 

 

On completion of the last step, participants start all over again by saying ‘1,2,3,4’ twice and increase the tempo of the exercise. 

 


Exercise: Ali Baba and the 40 Robbers

Useful for: Fun, laughter, concentration, team work.

Time: 10 to 15 minutes

Group size: 10 to 15 participants

Materials: None

Guide:

Ask participants to form a circle and inform them that you would all be establishing a rhythm by saying all together ‘Ali Baba and the 40 Robbers’. Keep repeating this. One participant in the circle starts making a gesture to this rhythm, example, tapping his/her head to the left hand. When the sentence is repeated, the next participant on the left takes over this gesture, while the first participant starts a completely different and new gesture. The third time the sentence is repeated, the third participant does the first gesture, the second participant does the second gesture and the first participant invents a new one again. The game continues to cover all participants in the circle and stops with the first participant copying the last participants gesture.

Remember, this is also a concentration game and the trick is that one has to watch the previous participant and take over the gesture every time the sentence is repeated. But if you watch what everyone else is doing then you would get lost. If participants get confused they would have to start the exercise all over again.

 


Exercise: Alien, Tiger, Cow

Useful for: Laughter, energizing, team-work.

Time: 10 to 15 minutes

Group size: 10 to 15 participants

Materials: None

Guide:

Ask participants to form a circle. There are 3 things a participant can be:

• An alien: the participant would need to hold up both index fingers to his/her head, as little antenna’s and say ‘Bleeb bleeb’, bending inwards into the circle.

• A cow: the participant would need to bend forward, hold his/her right hand on the tummy and go ‘Moooo’

• A tiger: the participant would need to push his/her right hand forward, imitating a claw and ‘roar’.

On your sign every participant decides to become one of the three things. The idea is for everyone to become the same thing. The group would re-do this until everyone is in sync. 

Remember, everyone may not get it in one go, so keep redoing the exercise till everyone is in sync. You could add variations to the exercise by inventing your own animals or things. Keep changing the things if everyone gets it in one go. Play majority wins, while the minority drops out and so on. Do not tell the participants that the trick is for everyone to do the same think. If the exercise stretches, add variations to end the exercise or give hints to the participants.

 


Exercise: The blindfold

Useful for: Fun, laughter, energizing, team work, leadership.

Time: 5 to 10 minutes

Group size: 10 to 15 participants (or more)

Materials: Blindfolds (10 to 15, i.e., one per participant), Mobile phones/ bags/ keys/ shoes/ sandals (any one of the same category of things can be volunteered from the participants)

Guide:

Each participant puts on a blindfold and gives his/her Mobile (or any other object that all participants have in common) to the facilitator. The facilitator then keeps the same objects on the table and then jumbles them all and shouts ‘GO!’. The blindfolded participants would need to try and locate their own object. The first participant to find his/her object by touch will be announced as the winner.

Remember request participants if they would be comfortable with wearing a blind fold. Participants who remove the blind fold on locating an object, however only to find that it is not their object would need to place the object back on the table and step out of the exercise to watch and cheer other participants on.

 

 

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