(Grab the Finger or Cheese)
Handy icebreaker and attention-grabber for kids thru corporate group programs.
Stimulating group activity to get people
together, focused, challenged, having fun and ready for action.
Useful to get focused attention when people arrive, get off the bus, or
to fill 5-10 minutes.
Works with any size groups,
indoor and outdoor.
Participants stand in a circle, arms out to the side.
Left hand palm up, right index finger pointing down and touching on neighbor's outstretched
"When I say the word go, do two things.... grab the finger in your left
hand, and prevent your right finger from being
grabbed... 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... [add suspense] ... Go!".
Repeat several times.
Tom Leahy advises "put big
energy, and your own style to it...it never fails to grab everyone's
attention, bringing them immediately to the present...Provides perfect
off the bus spark for the day....Good for 10 minutes".
The trick is dramatizing the "Go!", the build up of suspense, and most
will jump the gun, adding to the fun.
Try a different trigger word, e.g., "Cheese", and mention lots of other
"eeze" words for humor - peas, sneeze, wheeze, please and
Or use the word/theme of the day e.g., "outdoor" to help get people
listening to every word.
Can transition to talking about "assumptions" and "temptation", etc.
Acknowledgement: This game was discussed by Tom Leahy, Mike Anderson and
others on the ROPES
discussion list, February, 2004.
Time: ~5-10 minutes
Fast-moving 5 min. group activity to get people
together and focused. In a circle, right finger on next person's
left palm. Try to grab a finger before yours gets grabbed.