Arts Activities

Power Tag

Explore issues related to taking and losing power.

time 10-15 mins
time 8 or more

Equipment: one medium sized scarf per participant

  1. Give everyone a scarf and define a clear area of play that is big enough to move around in, but small enough to put people in proximity with one another.
  2. Everyone starts with a medium sized scarf on their outstretched hands.
  3. Make sure to explain the rules very clearly. The rules are as follow:
    1. You can only move if you have a scarf on your arm.
    2. You can take other participants’ scarves and you can collect as many scarves as you want.
    3. If you don’t have a scarf, you can pivot and grab other people’s scarves, but you can’t walk.
    4. You can’t hold your scarves to your body.

Debrief:  There are several themes to debrief from this activity. Some questions:

  • How did you feel when you successfully grabbed someone else’s scarf?
  • How did you feel when you succeeded in capturing several scarfs?
  • How did you feel when your scarf was taken, and you could no longer move?
  • Why did people start grabbing scarves even though it meant they were immobilizing other people?


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