Animal Sounds

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Identification
Intent or purpose: 
The intent is to make the group more comfortable with each other.
Used as component of: 
This process is used to make people more comfortable with each other, but also to release energy, in a way that enables participants to focus again afterwards.
Types of Participants: 
Any types of participants can be involved in this process.
Recommended size of group: 
11-25
26-50
Remarks about group size: 
Here the principle is: the more the marrier.
Optimal amount of time needed: 
Depending of the size of the group (the more group members, the more noise ("chaos") there will be) the game takes around 15 minutes.
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Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
The intangible outcome is a group that is now much more comfortable with each other.
Level of participation: 
A high level of participation is needed, as the group members have to be willing to make animal sounds.
Ideal Conditions: 
The room (or space outside) has to be big enough for people to move around freely
Potential Pitfalls: 
If the participants are too shy or afraid in any other way to make animal sounds, the whole game will not work.
How is success evaluated: 
The process is successful, when all participants have found their fellow animals.
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
The participants have to feel comfortable enough around the facilitator to make animal sounds in front of him/her.
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Not set
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
The facilitator does not need any particular characteristics, as he/she only needs to supervise the group.
Setting and Materials: 
Blindfolds might be helpful, are however not neccesary.
Resources Needed: 
There are no additional resources needed.
Pre-Work Required: 
There is no work that needs to be done beforehand.
Procedures: 

1. The facilitator asks the group to gather around in a circle. and then hands out blind-folds, which each participant puts in. Here the facilitator and the participants can help one another. Alternatively, the facilitator can just ask the participants to close their eyes.

2. Each person will now hear a whisper from the facilitator, being the name of an animal. which they will "be".
Each animal should appear around three times, so that always three people have to find each other. (A list of animals can be find below. The facilitator should consider cultural issues e.g. sacred animals.)

3. Now the actual mingling can start. The participants have to make the sound of the animal, that they were assigned, trying to find the rest of their kind. the facilitator should make sure that nobody gets hurt (e.g. running against a wall). When each person has found his/her partner animals, the game is successfully completed.

List of possible animals:

Wolf
Cat
Pig
Kangaroo
Snake
Lion
Cow
Monkey
Frog
Elephant

How flexible is the process?: 
The process is flexible in terms of the time spent with it.
Follow-Up Required: 
There is no follow-up requiered.
Background
Developer: 
James Neill - August 2004
References: 
http://lds.about.com/library/bl/games/blanimalsounds.htm
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