If you have been in activity programming for a while I'm sure you've used a variety of Line Ups as a way to get your groups to work together to solve a simple problem - figuring out where everyone goes in the line. (Can you figure out how the group in the picture was asked to line up with the number cards?)
Recently I met some great folks from Paradigm Shift out of Oklahoma. They do a lot of great work with youth, among other things. To find out more about their operation I went to explore their website. One of the awesome resources I found was a compilation of 101 Ways to Line Up a Group. Check it out - lots of fun ones in there.
For me, I like to use line ups that require people to talk a bit more - giving them an opportunity to share their voice and more details about themselves (don't get me wrong, it is also important to provide some easy, less talking, line ups at first to get participants warmed up). Here are some of my favorite "talkative" line ups:
If you have other "talkative" line ups for us, please share in the comments below.
Have FUN out there.
This blog is a space for hands-on programable fun - energetic activities and ideas that can be used as a means to bring people together; activities and ideas we as educators can add to our social development curriculums.
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.