Believe It or Knot

Type of Activity: Get to Know You

Props Needed: Webbing

Set Up: With the entire group holding onto the webbing (either seated or standing), the knot is used as a pointer to identify the person talking.

Process: Begin by passing the knot to the right around the group.  Someone says, “right there!”  and the knot stops, and the person nearest it has the opportunity to disclose some interesting fact about themselves, such as, “I have been to Spain twice in the past four years!”  It is now the discussion and responsibility of the rest of the participants to decide whether this information is true or false.  After some discussion, the group gives their opinion of the validity or falseness of the disclosure, and the person providing the comment can tell the real story.  This single comment version of Two Truths and Lie, proceeds a bit more quickly for each  person than the full blown version.  Use either as time permits.

After a person has revealed the true nature of their comments (true or false), they say “left” or “right” and then “right there!” , and a new person has the opportunity to disclose something to the group.

The level of disclosure to the group is often a measure of the closeness, unity and respect within the group.  For example, a disclosure such as, “I have two dogs as pets,” is a lower level of disclosure than “I repeated the seventh grade in school.”  Depending on the group setting, and the purpose of this activity for your group, different levels of information or disclosure are appropriate.  As the group becomes more unified, this activity can bring out greater disclosure between members of the group, family members, members of a team, etc.

Variation: Two Truths & a Lie (Fib)

Debriefing Topics:

  • What did you like about this activity?
  • What did you learn about your teammates?
  • Was it hard to come up with a comment to share?

For original write up purchase "Book of Raccoon Circles" by Cain & Smith.  

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