The Bus

Type of Activity: Get To Know You

Props Needed: Webbing

Set Up: Possibly one of the greatest unifying needs within a group is to identify the commonalities of the members.  Chris Cavert says (with regard to some of the touch middle school students that he often encounters) that, “the more I know about you, the less likely I am to hurt you.”  Which typically means that the more students have in common with each other, the more they recognize the commonalities rather than the differences, the more likely they are to include those other people, the more likely they are to be nice to them, to protect them, and the less likely they are to steal, hurt or be mean to them.  To this end, our goal is to find out some of those commonalities that we have with each other.  The more unusual and unique, the better, and this activity from Tom Heck is perfect for finding some of those more unique traits.

Process: The Bus requires two pieces of webbing, laid on the floor to be used as lines, stretched parallel to each other.  Have participants ‘get on the bus’ by standing between these two lines.  At the first stop, have folks get off the bus, according to what is there for them on the left or right side of the bus.  First stop, chocolate ice cream on the left side, vanilla ice cream on the right.  Now look around you, you have something in common with those folks on your same side of the bus.  Now back on the bus, next stop:

Cats OR Dogs

Loud OR Quiet

Running OR Walking

Save Money OR Spend Money

Bus Driver  OR Bus Rider

Sky Diving OR Deep Sea Diving

Problem Solver OR Problem Maker

Hamburgers/Hot-dogs OR Chicken/Salad

The object here is to find interests, activities and events that folks have in common.  Be careful to choose topics appropriately for the audience that you are serving.  This activity can be used with even large audiences, provided that the folks on the bus can hear the driver!

Variations: Cross the Line– Single webbing line and have agree and disagree variables along sides.

Debriefing Topics:

  • Did you learn anything new about your teammates?  What?
  • Were you surprised that you had so many things in common with different people?
  • What did you like about this activity?

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

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