Cowboy Up – A Free Icebreaker
The majority of the Paradigm Shift team is from Oklahoma, so we like a good cowboy activity from time-to-time. This activity gives your participants options on how they want to proceed as a cowboy.
Number of Participants: 5-15
Time: 5-10 minutes
Activity Level: Moderate
Description: This activity is a last participant standing activity that will get your group laughing and thinking at the same time (what a great combo).
Circle your group up! All participants can choose to do 1 of 3 things each round:
- Load: Take your hand pistols out of your holsters and raise them in the air, thus loading your gun.
- Shoot: Point your hand pistols at another participant in the circle and imitate your best pistol noises.
- Defend: Place your hands across your chest (mummy-style) to defend from a pistol shot.
Play this activity in rounds until you have a lone ranger in the group. Following the rules below, the facilitator will count to three and then each participant will choose one of the three options. If a participant is shooting, they must clearly point to another person in the circle. This activity is played on a level of trust, and therefore if someone says you are shot, by golly, you are shot.
- A participant cannot shoot unless they have loaded their gun.
- If a participant shoots, they must reload before they can shoot again.
- If you are defending yourself, you will not be eliminated from the activity.
- If you are shot, you are eliminated from the game.
Let us know if we can help you implement this into your program’s curriculum.
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