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Exercise, Ice-breaker


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This is an icebreaker which introduces the idea of individual differences. It can be used at the start of a session around stereotyping, differences and equality of opportunities

Description of the tool

Step-by-step description:
1.Give each group member a lemon.
2.Ask everyone to look closely at their fruit, examine it for distinctive marks and feel the skin.
3.Encourage each person to personalise their lemon by giving it a name.
4.Allow five minutes to do this and then collect all the lemons into the carrier bag. Shake the bag to mix the fruits.
5.Spread all the lemons out on the floor in front of the group.
6.In turn, ask each young person to come forward and collect their lemon.
7.If there is an argument over whose it is, try to adjudicate, but if they still can’t agree, place the lemon to one side as unidentified. If this happens, you should be left with two at the end to reunite, but will find that most people (amazingly!) can successfully claim their fruit.

Reflection and evaluation:

Once all the young people have been reunited with their lemons you can facilitate a discussion. How sure are they that they claimed the right fruit? How can they tell? Encourage them to look at the parallels between this exercise and differentiating between people. Examine the stereotypes: are all lemons the same colour? Are they all the same shape?

Reflect this into the stereotypes that exist between people of different cultures, races and gender. What does this mean to the group?

Your evaluation of this process and the issues that emerge will help you develop further sessions around differences and equality of opportunities.


  • I am going to use this exercise on a future residental involving 3 youth groups.. it should be interesting.

    Unknown , 1 October 2006 00:32:28
  • I have used this with oranges and it always works! Participants really begin to understand similarities and difference.

    Unknown , 1 May 2007 17:46:49
  • sounds exciting, I am going to use this exercise with my first year students next year. thanks

    Unknown , 7 May 2008 17:55:49

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Tool overview

This tool is for

Group size:Various

and addresses

Social Inclusion, Anti-Racism, Intercultural Learning

Materials needed:

Enough lemons for everybody in the group ,A carrier bag


30 minutes

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The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Unknown (on 16 March 2004)

and last modified

21 June 2010

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