Trust Falls

Summary

Develop pair work with a trust exercise.

How Do I Play It?

Divide into pairs of students who are approximately the same size.

Stand toe to toe, hold hands, and lean back, balancing one another.

When using this game, safety is very important.

Tips

Guide the students with a count from 1 to 5, with 5 being the maximum point of weight sharing.

Variations

Stand back to back, heel to heel.

Lean back to balance one another and slowly step outwards ensuring that weight is taken evenly.

Participants
Pairs
Expertise
Novice
Duration
Short (5 mins or less)
Skills
Confidence, Teamwork
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Games could be a beginning starter, an introducing step during a workshop or as an end plenary. They are a platform for further development and are never meant to be the whole session on their own.

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