Are You More Like?

Type of Activity: Get to Know You

Props Needed: None

Set Up: Need a mid-size open area. Plays well with 8 to 25 (or more) for 15 to 20 minutes.

Process: You might want to prepare your own list of, “Are you more like…?” questions before hand if the examples below don’t fit for you. (The examples are taken from the book “Are you more like…? 1001 Colorful Quandaries for Quality Conversations” by Chris Cavert and Susana Acosta-Cavert. See the Resource section for more info). Gather the group in front of you, facing in your direction, and ask them an, “Are you more like…?” question. Indicate that if they are more like the first thing you said, move over to their left, if they are more like the second thing you said move over to the right – creating an apparent gap between the two choices. (If you want to play with “undecided” participants can stay in the gap. Ask them to make a choice. Can lead to discussion on making choices.) Before giving another question, ask the participants to look around to see who else made the same choice they did – looking for commonalities. Continue the process as long as the energy is good.

Variations: After a few questions we might turn it over to the group to ask an, “Are you more like..?” question. With smaller groups you might take the time to ask some participants why they made the choice they did. In our experience most of the younger groups tend to choose their favorite of the two. Older groups can be encouraged to make the “metaphorical” jump into how they are “like” or similar to their choice – complex thinking skills.

Debrief Topics:

  • How did you choose direction?
  • How important is choice?

Examples: Are you more like….

  • the accelerator or the brakes?
  • action or suspense?
  • an autobiography or a biography?
  • a basket or shopping cart?
  • a boomerang or a Frisbee?
  • a bus or a plane?
  • caffeinated or decaffeinated?
  • cash or charge?
  • city lights or stars?
  • Coke-a-cola or  Pepsi?
  • a comic book or a history book?
  • cookies or rice cakes?
  • crayons or paint?
  • Velcro or zippers?

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

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