Thumb Wrestling in Stereo – A Classic Icebreaker and Group Energizer

May 22nd, 2013

Paradigm Shift TRiO Workshop
I first learned this great activity from Ryan McCormick at Project Adventure in Boston. It is now one of my “go-to” activities with groups of all sizes. My friend from Australia, Mark Collard, demonstrates this classically fun icebreaker that helps groups break down physical barriers anding Not Necessary).
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For more activities just like this one, check out Mark’s great work on playmeo, the largest online database of group games & activities in the world. You can also buy his two awesome books, No Props and Count Me In, two books that should be in every facilitator’s game bag.
Below you will find my explanation on how to lead this activity with your group:
Thumb Wrestling in Stereo
Number of Participants: 2-200
Time:  5-10 minutes
Activity Level:  Moderate
Props:  None
Objective: To become the Thumb Wrestling Champion of the world.
Description:
I love this old school activity with a new twist. Use a creative way to form partners and declare a winner very loudly.
After round one, invite the participants to challenge each other with a two-person, two-hands simultaneously.
For round three, group the participants into groups of three anded thumb-wrestling match.
In round four, invite the participants to play three-person, two-hands.
If you would like help implementing this activity or any other activities into your curriculum, don’t hesitate to contact us at Paradigm Shift.