IAF Methods

Earthquake!

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30 +11 - 50 
Any session that calls for some active movement as a break
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Goal

This exercise gives a group a chance to have some rowdy fun as an energizer.

Instructions

Before

Types of participants: Physically capable of moving around, people who enjoy some physical movement as part of their work together

Ideal conditions: The game calls for a large open space -- this could be a large empty room like a gym or even an empty parking lot or field

During

1. Divide the workshop participants into three equal groups. It is easiest to assign each participant a number (1 -- 2 -- 3) and participants form their groups based on the number they have been assigned.
3. All of the participants from Group 1 are asked to find a partner from Group 2. These partners face one another, raise their arms and place their palms together forming a "house".
4. Each of the participants from group 3 then choose a "house" and "hide" underneath it.
5. The facilitator then yells "QUAKE!!" and the participants hiding under the houses must find another partner who was also hiding under a house, and create a house with them.
6. At the same time the participants who were forming a house need to scramble and find a new house to hide underneath.
7. Note: Those that were forming houses in the first round are not allowed to form a house again. They must try and find a new house to hide under. Similarly, participants who were hiding under a house cannot hide under a house again.
8. Each time this is done 1/3 of the participants are left without a house in which to hide and they are eliminated from the game.
9. Continue until there are only three participants left -- two forming a house and one participant hiding underneath.

After

Usual or Expected Outcomes: Laughter, break in the day's deliberations

Background

Source: http://chenetwork.org/files_pdf/01_Creative_Facilitation.pdf

Recognizable components: The game is related to musical chairs


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