A-Frame Lean

Type of Activity: Trust

Props Needed: None

Set Up: Large open area free of trip hazards. Have the group partner up in similar body sizes.

Purpose: The objective is for two individuals to creatively and physically support one another as they move further and further apart from one another.  Have the partners start by standing about 2 feet apart from each other.  Have them put their arms into the air and connect hands together.  Do not let them interlace their fingers together.  Find a comfortable hand position that does not require lacing of the fingers.  Have the partners, at a mutually agreeable moment, take a step backwards, away from each other, supporting each other's weight on their hands.  This activity is called A-Frame because their bodies will create the capital letter A.

Helpful hint for success is to keep the derrieres in and your arms up high.  Have the partners step as far back as they can mutually support each other.

Debriefing Topics:

  • Why is it important to build trust slowly with your partner?
  • Why is it important to communicate your actions to your partner?
  • How long does it take to build up trust with an individual?  How long does it take to lose it?
  • What from this activity can you apply to everyday life?
  • What were some feelings that came up for you during this activity?

For more resources see: Cowtails & Cobras 2

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