Contemplating the Universe
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Time Required: 10-15 minutes
Group Size: 10-50
Purpose: Physical energizer
- Organize participants into a circle.
- You as the facilitator should be standing in the middle of the circle explaining the game.
- Explain that as someone on the outside of the circle, you must ask the person in the middle what they are doing. You do this by at any time saying, Hey insert name of person in middle!, What are you doing?!
- The game begins with the facilitator doing a continuous random action in the center of the circle (for example, pretending to juggle, dance, do yoga, go fishing, etc.).
- Eventually someone on the outside of the circle will say, "Hey! What are you doing?!" The person in the middle will then make up something off the top of their head. For example: I am playing Ultimate Frisbee with alligators.
- The person who asked, "what are you doing" must then come into the middle of the circle and pretend to pay Ultimate Frisbee with alligators until somebody else says, "Hey! What are you doing?!"
- After someone else says, "What are you doing?" The person playing Frisbee with alligators must then need to make up something else for that person to be doing. For example: I'm knitting little hats for my 74 cats.
It might be a good idea to make up the rule that everyone needs to ask What are you doing? To the person in the middle at least once before anyone can be in the middle a second time.
Personally, I enjoy ending the game by being the person in the middle and then when someone asks me what I am doing, I say. "contemplating the universe. Hence the name of the activity.