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Sofa [1]

Short description

Fun skill game in which the group forms a joint "sofa”


Social behaviourGroup dynamics/team building

Group size



5 minutes



Goal of this exercise is to improve

  • concentration

  • neurosensory perception

  • the body tension

In this trust exercise, the children learn that a very complex movement performed together in the group is only possible if everyone performs each individual task accurately and simultaneously. "Weaknesses" have immediate - fun - consequences for the group and the children can practice this form of team coordination in a positive learning environment. n the process, they train their sense of "balance"; they must coordinate with the group or the exercise will not work.


  1. All players stand in a circle with their left foot inside, so close that the feet of the neighbouring players touch each other.

  2. Then, at a command, all players slowly squat down until they are sitting on the thigh of the neighbour behind them.

  3. If a player leaves the circle, there is a funny "domino effect" and everyone tumbles around.

Games and relaxation exercises with great physical closeness must always be done on a voluntary basis. Children under 9 years of age usually have no problems with this, while older children and especially adolescents often have to overcome themselves first. Adults will usually refuse to join in. In any case, the group must know and trust each other well.

Background information for further reading

Cognition and consciousness



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