Mara Svenne IAF Methods

Thumb war

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a fun way that demonstrates how to achieve more when giving way

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Goal

To teach the principle that if you collaborate, you get more accomplished.

A quick energiser

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Instructions

  • Instruct the participants to pair up.  Then explain the rule of 'thumb wars.'   Ask them to see how many they can do in 2 minutes.  
  • Participants lock hand-in-hand by the fingers - leaving their thumbs up.  
  • They tap their thumbs from one side to the other as they both say:  "one two three four, let's have a thumb war'.  
  • Then, they 'compete' to see who can cover the other person's thumb with theirs, like an arm wrestle, but for thumbs.
  • After 2 minutes is up - ask the room to raise their hands:  "how many got 0 to 3 thumb wars completed?"  "How many got between 4 and 10?"  "How many got more than 10?"  (etc)
  • Debrief with asking:  "how did those of you get so many?"  Or lead them:  "what could you have done differently to get 30 times through the game?"  (answer - don't fight - let someone win each time, you get more done!)



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  • Simple and fun -- might take some leading questions on the debrief for some groups to see the answer....

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    over 2 years ago
  • requires a good debrief to understand the learning

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    about 2 years ago