Type of Activity: Get to Know You/ Names

Props Needed: None

Set Up: Enough room to make a large circle with your group. Works well with 10 to 25 participants for 10 to 14 minutes.

Process: This is an acquaintance variation of Eye Tag found in the Energizers section. Participants form a circle and are asked to look down at the ground. The facilitator will say, “Look Up.” At which time all the participants look up and across the circle to one other participant – no looking around to anyone else. If two participants happen to make eye contact with each other they walk towards each other, across the circle, they shake hands exchange names and then move to the place in the circle left unoccupied by the person they just passed. Once all the movement is complete, the facilitator says, “Look Down” – every participant looks down to the ground. Start the next round by saying, “Look Up” and the game goes on. Play as long as the energy is good. We like to challenge the participants to learn all the names of the participants in the group – if they don’t know each other yet. So, at the end of the   activity you will be able to ask any participant to tell you all the first names of every other participant in the group.

Variations: You can continue this game (or play it at another time) by stopping the action, then adding some information participants must attain from each other. Like, finding out where everyone is from, how many brothers and sisters they have, or what is their favorite thing to do. So, the activity plays the same way:  make eye contact with someone (most likely someone you need information from), cross to change places, shake hands, share names, find out the requested information, then move to the unoccupied spot. After stopping the activity, go around to each participant and ask the rest of the group what they found out about him or her - nice way to break the ice.

Debriefing Topics:

  • What did you enjoy about this activity?
  • How important is laughter in daily life?
  • What strategies did you come up with while playing?

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

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