Rationale / Development
This simple icebreaker was introduced to the CoMC team by Restless Development, a youth-led development agency. It is a useful activity to encourage students to work together to:
- Develop strategies and communicate them
- Work as a team to make quick decisions
- Encourage active listening and participation
- Divide participants into 2 teams by asking them say in order A or B.
- Ask them to stand as a team in a straight line, facing the opposite team.
- As a team they have to decide on one of the following postures:
- Human (standing straight and tall)
- Gun (shooting posture)
- Tiger (hands as claws)
All they have to do as a team is to decide to choose one of the postures mentioned within 20 seconds.
As in the playground game, ‘scissors, paper, rock’,
- Human is greater than Gun
- Gun is greater than Tiger and
- Tiger is greater than Human
- Let participants know that there will be 5 rounds, with a point awarded to teams on each round. On the count of 3, each team collectively shows their posture; if any of the team members show a different posture then that team will be disqualified.
- At the end of the 5 rounds discuss the different strategies used by teams to decide upon and communicate their decision.