Type of Activity: Energizer

Props Needed: None

Set Up: Need a mid-size open area. Plays well with 16 to 25 (or more) for 15 to 25 minutes.  Random-alities can be done cooperatively in small groups (similar to Birthday Line-Up found in the Get To Know You section) just to emphasize small group communication and participation or you can put a little competition in the game to charge things up a bit. Randomly form groups of 8 to10 people. Our ideal structure is using 2 or 3 groups (no less than 8 in a group). If there are an odd number of participants one line will have an additional person to work with – who said life was fair?

Process: Position the groups so they will be in front of you. You will be calling out a random trait like, tallest to shortest. Each group independently will line up single file in this order. When they are done each participant in the group must raise one arm/hand up and together with their teammates yell, “DONE!” You, as the facilitator, must decide if the groups are coordinated in their effort to be, “DONE!” We’re not easy on them. They must have a coordinated finish to count for a metal. Metaphorically hand out the Gold, Silver, and Bronze metals as teams finish – you might need to verify the order of some groups based on their out-of-the-box thinking habits. When ready, give the groups another trait to line up in. Continue play until the energy starts to subside.

Variations: Mix teams up each time – how does this change the dynamics? You could also put  everyone back together again into one team and do line-ups for speed. What process can they  develop to improve their time. Other traits might include (see Birthday Line-Up for a few more) shoe size, number of siblings, number of freckles, shade of hair, lightest to darkest skin color, total of their social security number, age, number of fillings, alphabetical after spelling their name  backwards, length of hair, etc..

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