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Monday, April 28, 2014

Group Juggling

First ask your group who can demonstrate juggling (There is usually at least one person who knows how to juggle). Ask, "Who can juggle the most balls?" Two or three balls are usually the limit. Now have everyone (usually best with 8-12 people) stand in a circle about arms length apart. As the leader you say, "I am going to pass this ball around, and you remember the order" (who you got it from and passed it to). No one can have it twice, and you can not pass it to the person on either side of you. After the ball has made it around the group once, send in more balls until there are two less than the number of people in the group, or until they start dropping a lot. Try it two or three times. Ask them to be more efficient each time.

Ask them to challenge themselves on how many they can do or how quickly they can do it.

Life Lessons
Talk about how much one person can do alone (juggle 2 or 3 balls) and compare it to how many the group can juggle (6-8 balls and possible more). 
If balls were dropped during the game, talk about how a group comes back when one person messes up. 
You can talk about what it takes for a group to be successful. 
You can have the students say something the ball represents for them. Then talk about the repercussions of dropping it and why they dropped it.

  • 6-8 small balls (usually 2 less than the number of participants ex. 8 participants=6 balls)
Please comment below on how you would use it with your population, thoughts on how it has worked for you, advice for others on how to implement it, what you would process and so on! We'd love to hear about it! 
Here are a few links to ideas on how to lead activities better:

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