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The Wind Blows For

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Goal

To learn new things about group members; to recognize similarities and differences

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Materials

  • one chair per person arranged in a circle
  • or marked positions per participant in a circle

Instructions

Before

Setting: Have 1 chair for each person  (or other place marker such as a post-it note or a piece of tape on the floor). Chairs / place markers are arranged in a circle with participants sitting in the chairs/standing on marked position. One person stands in the centre, without chair.

Types of participants: People who appreciate a chance to get out of their chairs and move around

Pre-Work Required: Have 1 chair for each person (or other place marker such as a post-it note or a piece of tape on the floor). Chairs / place markers are arranged in a circle with participants sitting in the chairs. If the facilitator is going to participate, s/he starts in the middle. If the facilitator is not participating, than s/he invites one volunteer to stand in the middle removing the volunteer's chair from the circle.

During

One participant stands in the middle and says "The wind blows for...(insert statement that applies to participant here)" and then everyone to whom that statement applies gets up and tries to find an empty chair. Participants may not move to a chair right next to the one they were just sitting in. Since everyone (including the person in the middle) is looking for a new chair, one person will be left without a chair... and that person becomes the one in the middle. It is best to start off with a statement that will get everyone to move.


Example statements:

The Wind Blows for anyone...

  • who brushed their teeth this morning
  • who has never been to Texas
  • who has a pair of red pajamas
  • whose parents are divorced
  • who ate chicken yesterday
  • who took the bus to get here

etc.

Alternatives:
If you want to do this outside (or any area where don't have chairs) you can use other place markers. For example hand out post-it notes and have everyone in the circle mark their spot with the note before you begin. Just be careful that people don't step on each others' toes while racing for the open spots!

Background

Recognizable components: This is based on the "musical chairs" concept

References: This is based on the "musical chairs" concept

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  • Sounds like fun!

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    about 3 years ago