Tossing the Pizza

Type of Activity: Problem-Solving, Change, Energizer

Props Needed: Webbing circles

Process: This activity definitely fits into the “harder than it looks” category. Begin with a group of 5-8 participants holding onto a knotted Raccoon Circle, hands upward, elbows straight, with no slack in the circle. The challenge is for the group to toss this Raccoon Circle pizza into the air, at least to the height of their heads, and then for everyone in the group to catch the circle as it drops back down, without anyone moving their feet. After a few unsuccessful attempts, encourage the group to plan their task, brainstorm new ideas, and try them. A good pizza flipping team can toss their Raccoon Circle pizza in the air three times without anyone in the group dropping it.

For a higher level challenge, the ultimate pizza chefs can spin their pizza dough in the air. For the Raccoon Circle pizza, this means tossing the pizza into the air, and having the knot come back down at least one person to the right or left of where it was when it was launched. A little ‘spin action’ can actually improve the team’s performance. This simple problem solving activity is a fun way to begin the ‘working as a team’ portion of your program.

Debriefing Topics:

  • What strategies did your team come up with?
  • How well did the group work together?
  • Were all of the ideas listened to that were presented?

For resources:  The Book of Raccoon Circles, Webbing

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