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Pass the Orange Game

Pass the Orange Game


Purpose

This a simple and entertaining exercise which can be used as an icebreaker as well to make team members feel more comfortable with each other through contact. It is rather physical and the casual intimacy can help to break the ice and improve relationships, though it may not be suitable for certain formal settings.

Objective

Pass an orange using only your neck.

What You Need

  • Two oranges
  • An open area
  • Prize

Setup

  • Divide the delegates to two teams.
  • Ask each team to stand in a circle.
  • Ask everyone to hold their hands at their back at all times during the exercise.
  • Give an orange to one person in each group. Place the orange under the neck of the person.
  • Explain that no one is allowed to actually touch the orange with their hands, arms or legs.
  • On your mark, the person in each group who has the orange must pass it to the next person in their team without dropping it.
  • If the orange is dropped, the person who dropped it must bend down and pick it up from the floor, catching the orange under his chin.
  • The team who manages to pass the orange all the way back to the original person successfully wins the game.
  • This exercise can be difficult for some. Patience, focus and encouragement from their team members can significantly help.
  • Give the prize to the winning team.
  • Follow with a discussion.

Timing

Explaining the Exercise: 5 minutes

Activity: 10 minutes

Group Feedback: 5 minutes

Discussion

How easy was the exercise? What techniques did you use to move the orange faster? Did any of your team members advice you or helped you out? Do you magically feel more comfortable with others now?