IAF Methods

Group Juggling

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3 - 45 26 - 50

To engage participants in an energizing physical activity which reduces stress and will break up the day

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Additional info

Goal

To create a fun active environment

To release stress in a fun way

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Materials

  • Tossable / catchable things like soft balls

Instructions

Before

Number of participants: 26-50

Time needed: 3 - 45 minutes

Level of Difficulty to Facilitate (to be deleted during review): No specific skills required

During

Steps

1. Get people into a circle. With 20 you might want to start with two or even three smaller circles.

2. Introduce one ball. Ask the group to toss the ball around the circle, being sure not to toss it to someone too close or too far away. And to continue until everyone gets the ball. (ask people to hold up one hand until they've gotten the ball.)

3. Then have them repeat the toss, exactly in the same pattern.

4. After several rounds, introduce a second ball. (depending on competencies, the second ball can be in a new pattern or follow the established pattern). The task of the group is to see how many balls they can keep going without dropping any.



Notes

There are a veritable myriad ways to complicate this activity. Have them try to expand or contract the circle. Walk around. Change directions. Throw in reverse patterns. Add music, a handclapping rhythm.... The main dynamic is between how complex to make it and how to properly assess and engage the increasing skills of the group.

If it's not fun, it won't work, so keep it light and invite explorations, variations. Invite the different groups to demonstrate their final juggling routine to each other

Background

Source: Bernie DeKoven

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