Team Building Activity: Concentration

Anyone wanting to participate in team building activities will require a degree of focus to participate. The Concentration activity can give your team just that, in a fun and engaging way too! This is also a good activity for participants to remember the names of their colleagues.

Here is everything you need to know to conduct the Concentration activity:

Participants:
10-30 participants

Materials:
None

Objective:
Be the last person to be picked out of the group.

Instructions:
1. Instruct the participants to form a circle. Let them do an Indian squat or let them sit on a chair.

2. Each participant will have a number, from 1, 2, 3, and so on. Or they can use their names for this activity.

3. This exercise begins with the chant with matching hand gestures: 
Con-cen-tra-tion Is - the - rhy-thm, 
Concen-tration- now- begins. 

Each portion of the chant separated by ‘-’ has a corresponding action as shown below:
(slap lap- clap hands- right finger snap- left finger snap)

Be sure to maintain a consistent rhythm while doing these gestures.

4. After doing the chant, the first player has to say his/her number (or name), and mention another one within the group (eg. 1 - 4 or 1 – 12, or Chen-Kevin). Continue to perform the hand gestures during this process.

5. The player with the corresponding number or name has to reply to the previous message in the same manner (eg. 4 - 6 or 12 – 8, or Kevin-Merie)

6. Anyone who breaks the Concentration cycle is taken out of the circle. Afterwards, repeat step 3. Alternatively, the person who broke the cycle may earn penalty points towards an agreed upon consequence instead of just being taken out of the circle.


The Concentration activity is a great and fun way to build focus in any team building setting. I hope you enjoy the activity!



Notes:
  • The instructions for this activity was recreated by the Learning and Development Division of the Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network . Led by Philipp Chen Tan, other members of the division are Kevin Johnrey Sosas, Paulo Frangelyco Magallon, and Marc Julius Rizada.
  • CTFN does not claim ownership of this activity. For a list of references used to recreate activity instructions, please visit our Directory of Activities page.

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