123 exercise

In pairs, participants count to three, alternating to say the next number.

 Time: 5 – 10 minutes

Number of participants: In pairs

 Game flow:

Ask the group to divide into pairs and face each other. Let them count to three, each person contributing the next number alternately. Demonstrate using a volunteer. It should look and sound something like this:

A: 1

B: 2

A: 3

B: 1

A: 2

B: 3 etc.

Have the participants do this for a while.

Debrief questions:

  • What was interesting about the exercise?
  • What did it feel like counting like this?
  • What made it difficult?
  • If you had to do it again, what would you do differently to make fewer mistakes?
  • What happened when you made a mistake?
  • What influence did this exercise have on your relationship with your partner?


Replace the numbers with sounds, movements and words.

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