Thinning out my files this summer I found a page from someones staff activity manual (thanks of rthe list) that I kept to remind me of some good category options to split larger groups in two. "Categories" - the activity reference that I know of - is found in Quicksilver by Rohnke & Butler (1995). In the book there are a wide range of group splits, like group up by astrological sign, or by birthday month. The handout I found contains a list of Either/Or choices - so, I thought this would be a good place to make this list public and add to it as well. Please share other Either/Ors in the comments below. (Suggestion: Highlight, copy and then paste this list into a document then email the document to yourself so you can then save it to your phone to access during a program. Copying the list into Evernote is another way to save and add to the list.)
Basic Directions: Ask participants to stand to one side or the other based on each either/or option. For example, first choice would be stand to my left, second choice is stand to my right. After participant move ask them to look around to see who is like them. Some choices might even promote a short discussion with those on the same side. Some practitioners use category splits to form groups for an upcoming activity. Here we go!
Script: Please choose from one of the two following options and then vote with your feet. During this experience I will ask you to choose from one of the two options, there will be no "in-between" or "veto" choices. Thanks. Okay, here we go....choose from the following:
Beyond the List - some I use and some from Quicksilver:
Please share your favorites in the comments below!
All the best,
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Dr. Chris Cavert is an internationally known author, speaker, and trainer in the area of adventure-based activity programming and its relation to community and pro-social behavior development.