3-D Categories

Type of Activity: Get to Know You

Props Needed: None

Set Up: Need a nice size open area for your participants to move around in, and create small groups. Plays well with 16 to 25 (or more) for 20 to 30 minutes.

Process: This one is based upon the good old Categories activity. A group of any size is asked to clump together according to a like subject, for example, least favorite food, most exotic place traveled to, most favorite food, number of brothers and sisters, number of pets at the moment and so on.

In 3-D Categories the group members, having the same preference, create a static or dynamic statue or animation of their preference so the rest of the group can guess what the preference is. Some interesting 3-Ds might include zodiac sign, favorite mode of transportation, favorite season, favorite type of pet, favorite animal found in the forest or sea, favorite subject in school, favorite ride at the amusement park, most frequented fast food restaurant in your life.

Variations: You could also use this same 3-D process with an activity called Commonalities. Ask the participants to get into small groups of 4 or 5 and find something, through talking and sharing, that they have in common with each other. The challenge is then to create a 3-D formation, static or dynamic, statue or animation, that will be shared with the rest of the group who then tries to   figure out what the presenters all have in common.

Debrief Topics:

  • What were some commonalities that were difficult to put in 3-D?
  • How id your group decide on 3-D representation?

For original write up purchase the book "The Empty Bag" by Cavert and Hammond.  

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