Strategies for Classrooms-Activities and games-Bomb & Shield

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Bomb & Shield

Props/Prep: No
Time: 10 min
Audience: Any
Physical: Yes

Bomb & Shield: A quick and easy way to break up class time if students have been sitting for a while. This game will get everyone’s blood pumping! This game requires people to keep track of 2 other people; their bomb & their shield, while moving around the room. The goal of the game is to keep your ‘shield’ between you and your ‘bomb’. Fun, prop free, can do this anywhere!

Time Requirements: Varies depending on how many people you have playing and how engaged they get in the game. You can play for as little as 5-10 minutes and experience the full effect of the game.

Materials needed: None

Procedure:

  • While everyone is sitting down, explain that each person must identify 2 other people in the room and label them; 1 person is their ‘bomb’, the other person is their ‘shield’. Participants must keep this a secret and not let on to other players who has been identified as bomb and shield.
  • Once everyone has had a chance to identify their ‘bomb’ and ‘shield’, you have all players stand up. Then explain that when you say “go”, they are to start walking around the room making sure the keep their ‘shield’ between themselves and their ‘bomb’. They cannot  stand still during this game, they must keep moving.  People will start moving very quickly.  Ensure the room is safe for running, or make a rule that there is no running.
  • After a few minutes, call “switch”; now the ‘bomb’ becomes your shield, and the ‘shield’ becomes your bomb. There will be several moments of chaos, and everyone tries to run and adjust their positions.
  • After a few more minutes, call ‘stop’. Then, before you debrief this game, you must allow the group time to talk about who was their ‘bomb’ and ‘shield’. Once everyone has chatted briefly, have the group sit down.
  • Debriefing this game: You can ask what basic truths can be learned from this game related to conflict resolution, adjusting to life situations, working together, trust, etc… the game has endless potential.

Function in Class: The game can be used as an icebreaker, or to break up a class where students have been sitting for a long time. It can also be used as a life object lesson to start discussion.

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