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Cooperative Activity – Group Lap Sit

This is a good activity for trustbuilding and demonstrating the power of cooperation.

Procedure: Have everyone stand in one circle, arranging themselves so that someone about the same size as them is on either side of them. Everyone turns to the right. Step in closer to the center and put your hands on the waist of the person in front of you. “Concentrate on the person in front of you sitting comfortably on your knees, and trust that the person behind you will guide you, too.” First do a trial run. On the count of three the group is going to bend down, touch bottoms to the knees and come right back up to make sure they are all standing closely enough together. Ready? 1, 2, 3… Then ask them to readjust their positions if necessary. “Now we are going to sit down and then clap our hands… Again…”

This activity usually amazes people by what they can do in solidarity.

CRE Calendar Usage: 2nd Edition