This ice-breaker game is part of the resources made available by Earthchild Project, used by our facilitators in under-resourced schools in South Africa. Additional lesson plans, games, songs and a Seed Pack guide to teaching holistic education can be found at: Earthchildproject.org/teaching-resources
Type: Team building & trust
Age: 12yrs up
Time: 10-20 mins
Group Size: 8-10 people
In groups of 8-10 people, stand closely together, forming a tight circle.
One person volunteers to stand in the middle of the circle with their arms crossed across their chest and eyes closed. This person must make their body stiff like a pole and then start to ‘fall’ backwards into the circle. The circle’s role is to catch the person and gently ‘push’ them around the circle – forward, right, left, back etc. The circle needs to work together with two to three people helping to catch the centre person. Let each person take a minute or so in the centre and be patient and gentle. (It definitely helps to do this in silence).
Everyone takes a turn in the circle. Once everyone has had a turn invite the group to talk about their experiences with the exercise.
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