Body Carrousel

Introduce the topic of setting and respecting boundaries in a playful way with this easy, fun energiser.

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A step-by-step guide to play the game

1

The players line up, facing each other.

2

The game leader shouts out a way to greet each other, e.g.:

  • give a hand
  • give a high five
  • embrace each other
  • give a kiss on the cheek
  • massage each other’s shoulders
  • do a dance together
  • licking each other’s ear
  • kissing each other on the mouth
  • ...
3

The players ask each other permission to act out the greeting. If they both agree, they greet each other. If one of them or both of them do not agree, they just wait until the next greeting is mentioned by the game leader.

4

The game leader shouts out a different way to greet each other and the game continues.

5

With all players, reflect on the game, by asking questions such as:

  • Did you perform few or many assignments?
  • Did you always agree on what you wanted to do?
  • Did you feel uncomfortable at some point?
  • Did you say no?
  • How did you say no or make your boundaries clear? Was it difficult?
  • How did you ask for permission?
  • How did you notice the other person did not want to carry out the assignment?
  • Which greetings would you (not) use?
  • Which other ways are there of greeting each other?
  • ...

Extra game information

  • This activity is a part of the StreetSmart sexuality package. The package aims to give youth workers the tools they need to address the topic of sexuality in a playful way with the children and young people they work with, so they can learn to make conscious, healthy and respectful decisions. Sexuality is a very broad term, encompassing various subtopics. Here, you can find a list of all activities included in our sexuality package to address these different topics:
  1. Sexuality in general: The Sex Alphabet, The Sexuality Goose Game, Yes or No Circle, Sexuality Statement Game
  2. Body (development): Anatomy fundamentals, Who has what?, Physical changes in puberty, Emotional changes in puberty, Life Cycle
  3. Boundaries: Stop!, People to People, Kiss the Teddy Bear, Body Carrousel, (Not) Okay?, Body Twister 
  4. Relationships: Choose Your Relationship, My Ideal Partner, In The Worst Way Possible
  5. Gender & sexual orientation: Labels, Sex Change, Who does what?
  6. Safe sex: The Synonym Game, Condom Smugglers, Goodie Bag, STD-Roulette, Can I get pregnant?
  7. Sex & media: Who is responsible?
  • This game was shared by Sensoa during a training.

Specific learning objectives

  • Learn how to set and respect boundaries.
  • Learn that everybody has different boundaries.

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