The Clapper

Type of Activity: Problem Solving

Props Needed: None

Set Up: Need minimal space for this one because there is very little movement required. Plays well with 2 to 25 (or more) for 10 to 15 minutes.

Process: This activity is quite simply getting the entire group to clap together at the same time – making only “one” sound. The journey of this activity is where the challenge lies. The group needs to coordinate their efforts, utilizing the skills they have been learning about community interaction, to create that one sound. They will also have to decide if the sound they have made is indeed one together – without other sounds (claps) coming in before of after. Once the group has worked out their process to create just one sound (clap), challenge them to see how many “one sound” claps they can do in a row. This might become rhythmical in nature – 1, 2, 3, clap, 1, 2, 3, clap, or just random coordination. We find this one to be a quick challenge our groups seem to get into –  appealing to the three major learning styles.

Variations: You could also try a foot stomp or challenge the group to use a vocal noise of some sort like, “Hey” or “Oh” or “Tee.”

Debriefing Topics:

  • How did the group come to consensus on the successful method?
  • Were all of the ideas heard and acted on?
  • What was your favorite part of this activity?

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