7 Up


Set Up:  You’ll need 7 tossables that are easy to catch.

Process:  This activity is somewhat involved but quite worth the effort to learn.  Circle up the players and let them k now that you will be introducing Tossable Objects into the group 1 at a time. The activity must follow a certain set of rules.  If a rule is broken, the activity starts over from the first object. 

Rule 1:  Players must start each toss from a circle position.  You, the facilitator, will be adding an Object each round.  Tell the group that you are going to toss the Object up into the air with the aim of the Object landing in the center of the circle (you will always toss your Object in this manner). 

Rule 2:  All tosses must be at least as high as the tallest player in the group and players may not move positions.

Rule 3:  Objects cannot touch the ground.  At this point you will say, “1, 2, 3 toss”  --tossing the first Object you are holding on the word ‘toss.’  So, someone in the group will want to catch the Object—don’t want to violate a rule!  After the first toss and successful catch, add:

Rule 4:  All tosses must happen on the word “Toss.”

Rule 5:  Any player in possession of an Object must toss their object into the center of the circle

Rule 6:  All players are required to be physically safe—near misses will count as a physical safety violation—which would constitute a re-start.  With that said and done, I will say to my group, “Are you Ready?”  If I do not hear anything to the contrary, I say, “1, 2, 3, toss.”  Now two Objects are tossed.  If there are no violations of the rules or safety (you will have to be the judge—don’t be easy on them!) take out another Object and ask, “Are you ready?”  The objective is to get the group to plan by asking for time, “No we’re not ready!”  Being “pushy” or “pressing” the group with, “Are you ready?” tends to create frustration down the line as you add more Objects and re-start a couple times.  You want the group (or players in the group_ to experience a “moment” so they can ask for what they need.  (My first attempt at this took us, a group of facilitators, 40 minutes to get 7 objects.  Also, I’ve had a group successfully go through 7 objects without a problem). 

So, the challenge is to get all 7 Objects into the group, all tossed and then caught at the same time.  (consideration:  10 players is the ideal number but it can be done minus or plus a few more).

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