Who wants you to be in their group?
• Majority - minority relations
• To start discussion about different
groups in society
• To raise awareness about prejudice
• To encourage empathy with the
experience of rejection or exclusion.
Coloured sticky paper spots. For example,
for a group of 16 people you will need 4 blue, 4 red, 4
yellow, 3 green and one white spot.
1. Stick one spot on each player's forehead.
Players should not know what colour spot they have.
2. Tell the players to get into a group
with others who have the same colour spot.
3. Noone may talk, they may only use non
Debriefing and evaluation
Help the group explore their feelings about
what they did and what they learnt:
• How did you feel at the moment
when you first met someone with the same colour spot as
• How did the person with the
odd spot feel?
• Did you try to help each other
get into groups?
• What different groups do you
belong to e.g. football team, school, church?
• Can anyone join these groups?
• In our society who are the
odd ones out?
Tips for the facilitator
Be aware of who gets the white spot.
You can take the opportunity to manipulate
the composition of the final groups, but do not make it
obvious. Let the players believe that the spots were distributed
This activity can also be used as an icebreaker
and to get people into groups for another activity.
1. Use coloured sticky paper spots as above
but don't have someone who will be the odd one out - at
the end everyone will be in a group.
2. Preparation as for variation 1. Ask the
players to get into groups so that everyone is in a group,
but no group has more than one person with the same coloured
spot i.e. you will end up with a 'multi group.
3. Use "jigsaws" made from pictures
which will stimulate discussion.
Stick the pictures onto card before cutting
Suggestions for follow up
Review the membership policy of your group
or organisation. Can anyone join? What can you do to make
your organisation more open and welcoming to everyone?
Being the odd one out doesn't always mean
we've been excluded, sometimes it's by choice that we want
to stand apart from others and be different. If you want
to work more on looking at what it means to be an individual
you could use 'One equals one'.
If your discussion touched on disabled people
being the odd ones out, then you may like to consider doing
the activity, 'See the ability!'
in Compass. It is a practical activity to encourage empathy
with people with disabilities.