He's an activity I've yet to try. It came to me as I was going through my "idea" notes (I consolidate to a computer file all the little notes I scribble down in my paper notebook and iPhone "Notes" App. I revisit these notes from time-to-time to flush out activity ideas I want to work on and try out). Crazy Eights could be considered a variation of the activity "Across" (if you know this one).
Since I tend to work more and more with larger groups I like to find (discover) activities where lots of people can work together and still have some autonomy in the process. I also love activities that are easy to set up, especially with large groups. Crazy Eights might fit the bill.
Directions: Give each person in your group a game spot. (My recent favorite spot is a foam cupboard liner circle - 12 inches in diameter. You can find foam cupboard liner in rolls at department and hardware stores.) Ask everyone to scatter around the playing area so they are at least 3 or 4 feet away from any other person and then set their spot down and step on it with both feet (in the picture the circles shown are the spots - imagine people standing on them).
Here's the simply put timed challenge. When you, the facilitator says "GO!" (with feeling), you start the time and then every one is free to leave his or her spot in order to travel around two other spots in a figure eight pattern (the lines in the picture indicate two possible figure eight traveling plans). Be sure to emphasize a "figure eight" pattern must be made around two different spots - the spot each person is standing on can not be used in each persons travels. After players circumnavig-eight two spots they return to their original spot. When all players are back on their original spot (all movement stops), the time then stops. Allow for several attempts.
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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.