Lap Sit

Type of Activity: Trust, Cooperation

Props Needed: None

Set Up: Ask the group to form a tight knit circle.  Then have them turn to their right and scoot in one more foot.

Process: As the facilitator, look for "problem areas" in the tight knit circle.  Make sure the circle is round and that there are no corners anywhere.  Have them put a hand on the shoulder of the person in front of them for support.  On a slow count of three, instruct the group that they will "sit" as a group.  They should lower themselves down until they feel their derriere rest on the person's legs behind them.  Hold for a few seconds and then have them stand back up again.

Variation: If you feel they have a tight lap sit, do it again and see if they can take a few steps together in the seated position.  Call out "Right" and then "Left".  An extra challenge!

Debriefing Topics:

  • How many people were leery that this task could be accomplished?
  • What were some of your concerns?
  • Were you surprised when it worked?

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