What is the tune we march to?
A variation on musical chairs that can lead into an interesting conversation about sharing and the kind of world we want to live in.
Use: Youth group, Sunday School, retreat
Preparation: Chairs, boom box, music
First, play the familiar game of musical chairs. Form a circle of chairs one less than the number participating. Begin the music; the participants move around in the circle. When the music stops, everyone rushes to sit on a chair. The last person finds no chair and is eliminated from the game. Begin the music again and remove one more chair. Continue in the same way until there are only two players and one chair. When the music stops, the person in the chair is the winner.
Then play the game in a new way. Start over, but now no one is eliminated; only chairs are eliminated. More and more people must cooperate to be able to sit on fewer and fewer chairs. Finally the whole group must find a way to sit on the one remaining chair! Some pretty hilarious combinations result, requiring lots of cooperation.
Invite everyone to sit down. Ask them to think quietly a moment about the experience of playing the two games. How were they different? How did you feel? Where do you see people rushing to beat each other? Where do you see people cooperating together? Ask them to share their thoughts. Describe to them some of the cooperative work being done around the world. Ten Days for Global Justice, Canada
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