Lately I've been trying to run a fun "energizer" activity to play with the team before we get into the nitty gritty of retro. This gives everyone the chance to get up, move around, laugh and interact with each other in a fun and non-serious way. After all, retro can get serious sometimes.
For today's retro energizer game, we played "Collaborative Face Drawing". We had an even number of participants which is important for this game, since there is pairing that takes place. This is how it works:
- Give each participant a piece of paper and a pen.
- Instruct each person to write their name on the bottom of their piece of paper.
- Ask everyone to walk randomly in the room until you tell them to stop.
- Each person should pair up with someone who ended up near by them.
- Instruct the pair to exchange their papers with each other.
- Everyone should draw the other person eyes to start.
- Once they're finished drawing the eyes, instruct the pairs to give each other their pieces of paper back (now each person should have the paper with their name again).
- Repeat steps 3 to 7 for all face parts (nose, ears, chin, hair, facial hair and accessories).
We had a grand ol' time with this activity. The result is a drawing of your entire face, collaboratively drawn by everyone on the team. Here some examples of the results: