Objective: to get a sense of each other, nonverbal communication
Summary: count to 10 without making agreements
Duration: at least 10 minutes
Number of participants: groups of 10 people
Description of the activity:
Stand in a circle and explain the rules of the game. The idea is to count from one to ten as a group but no agreements or patterns should be made as to who calls out a number when. You can’t call out two numbers in a row (after you call out a number, at least one other person has to call out a number before you can go again). If two people call out a number at the same time, you have to start counting again from one. It is best to do this exercise with eyes closed or to ask the participants to focus on a particular point in the middle of the circle.
Tips & directions:
- Someone who does not say anything is contributing just as much as someone who has called out three numbers.
- At first, you will find that you have to start counting all over again a lot because the participants call out a number at the same time. In this case, tell them that a calmer approach will possibly result in the group becoming better attuned to each other.
- If things are going really well, you can move on to counting to 20 or call out the letters in the alphabet.