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Thanks to Scott Goldsmith for this fun activity. Two teams go head-to-head in an attempt to capture everyone onto their team. But which team are you on?

Group Size: Larger Group
Time: 10 minutes

Competition is not always evil; in fact it can be a great motivator to enhance performance. The key is to create a situation in which players practice positive sportsmanship and celebrate victories, instead of demeaning losses. This activity allows for competitive spirits to shine while blurring the defined lines of what team they belong to.

1. This game uses the multi-image side of the cards.
2. Divide the group equally into two teams.
3. Place a spot marker on the ground and have these two teams line up across from one another (the first person in line on each team is face-to-face with the spot marker between them).
4. Give each participant a card and ask that they not peek at the multi-image side.
5. On GO, the two participants at the front of each line flip over their card to the multi-image side.
6. The player who finds the matching image first captures the other player onto their team and they both go to the back of the line.
7. The next person in line on each team steps up to the spot marker and shows their multi-image side.
8. First to person to find the match captures the other player onto their team.
9. Continue play until one team has all the players or it stops being fun.

This is not a particularly heady game; however, it does offer an opportunity to talk about sportsmanship. It is interesting to watch players as they cheer each other on. Ask players which team they were on? Why did they choose that particular team?

By giving each participant a card, some players will begin to memorize their cards and know what the match is with other players before they even come to the line. If you are playing with a smaller group, this is more likely to happen. An alternative way to play which would eliminate this possible scenario would be to give the first person in the line half the deck of cards. He or she would turn over the first card and then pass off the deck to the next person, placing the spent card on the bottom of the deck.

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