If you’re looking for an opportunity to learn and practice participants’ names and encourage laughter, this activity is for you!
Time Needed: 10-15 minutes
Group Size: Any
Directions: Ask for participants to create a circle around the room. Once the circle has been created, tell participants that they are going to get a chance to learn the names of everyone around the circle. Ask for each participant to raise their left hand like they are going to take an oath. Then, ask for them to raise their right hand and place it in front of the left hand of the person on their right. Each person should have their right hand in front of the left hand of the person on their right, and their left hand behind the right hand of the person on their left. Ask for a volunteer to begin the activity. They will high five the person to their left, and while they are high fiving, they will say their name loudly for everyone to hear. The next person will do the same thing, and it should continue around the circle until the high five gets back to the beginning.
Now it’s time for round two! This time, the person high fiving will say the name of the person to their left. So as they give them a high five, they will say their name. Let participants know that it is okay if they mess up, and encourage them to keep the high five going around the circle. Ask for a volunteer to begin and pass the high five around the circle.
Thank participants for a great job in round two, and let them know it’s time for the final challenge.
In this round, they will high five the person to their left, but say the name of the person to their right. This round is difficult, so encourage participants to double check the name of the person to their right before the round begins. Ask for a volunteer to start the round, and send the high five around the circle.
Once the high five has made it around the circle, thank participants for practicing using names of those in the group and encourage them to use names as much as possible. Share with participants that it is important to use names because it builds connections, makes participants feel welcomed and fosters participation.