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Group Building Activity

The laundry exercise

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1. To allow participants to review their expectations related to the training course in terms of hopes and fears in a nice, creative way
2. To make them known to the other members of the group

Description of the tool

Ask participants to think back, when hearing about the training course and deciding to apply for it and to review their motivation. In the light of the objectives and programme that was previously presented, ask them to try to synthesise what they expect to get from the course and what are their fears related to it.

Present setting of the room (the ropes)
Ask participants to tailor a t-shirt from paper and write on their hopes in relation to the course and a sock on which they will write their fears.
Present additional material: colored papers, pens, scissors and ask them, after finishing, to hang them with pegs on the two ropes.

After every one has hanged his/her t-shirt and sock, ask them to walk around and check with others’ hopes and fears.


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Tool overview

This tool is for


and addresses

Group Dynamics

Materials needed:

2 ropes hanged in two corners/ along two sides of the room
scissors (half number of participants)
coloured paper
pegs / blue tack / scotch-tape


30 minutes

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The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Elizabeth Kasa (on 19 October 2004)

and last modified

17 December 2008

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