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This game aims

  • to encourage physical contact,
  • to help people to get to know each other and to
  • raise awareness that in a group there are differences between individuals as well as things which are held in common.

[edit] Forms of working

  • Duration: 10-15 min. (for 10 – 20 for participants)
  • Group size(min.- max.): Any, optimal 20
  • Material: No materials.

[edit] How to do it

“Do you know dominoes? Let’s play dominoes with our bodies.”

1. Ask one person in the group to start by thinking of two personal characteristics which they then announce to the group, such as: «On my left side I am a girl, on my right side I have two brothers»

2. Then call for someone else in the group who shares one of those characteristics to hold the first person’s right or left hand (according to the characteristic they have in common) and then add a characteristic of their own on the free side. For example: «On my right I am a girl, on my left I have brown eyes.»

3. Get all the members of the group to take a turn so that in the end you have a circle in which everybody is linked to everybody else.

4. If a stated characteristic is not shared by someone else in the group and the domino can not be matched ask players to negotiate another feature so that the chain is continued.

Tips for the facilitator: The characteristics given above are only examples, any person can choose or start with any feature they like, whether it is visible or not. It is important that the members of the group actually establish physical contact, this encourages a stronger group feeling. The way the contact is made can be to touch heads, to put arms round each other, to put feet together, etc. Players can stand up or lie down.

If the suggested characteristics tend to be repetitive, you may encourage the participants to come up with new ones. It is also best if the characteristics are not very simple. You could encourage the group to say visible characteristics (colour of clothes or of hair), invisible or personal ones (hobbies, favourite food, favourite song to sing in the shower...), or others related to a topic.

[edit] Experience

This game must be played quickly so people don’t get bored while they are waiting to match up.

Creating a circle reinforces the group feeling. One can, however, imagine other forms of playing it. If the activity is used as at the beginning of a session or as an icebreaker we suggest that you join in and take the opportunity to participate fully with the group. This can help to breakdown barriers.

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