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Ha-ha

Description of a fun group game

James Neill
Last updated:
07 Jun 2004

Ha-ha

  • Short, fun, physically engaging energizer and laughter-generating activity

  • Pick your time, place and group.  e.g., works well half-way through a backpacking trip with female adolescents

  • Everyone lays down so that their head rests on another person's tummy; the group should all be interconnected by heads and tummies.

  • Set a mock "serious" tone

  • Optional: Eyes closed

  • The challenge is NOT to laugh

  • The other part of the challenge is for the first person to say out loud "Ha!"  The second person says "Ha-ha", and so on

  • The groups tries to see how far the "Ha" gets along the line before someone laughs

  • After a few attempts, this generally descends into a crescendous wave of uncontrollable laughter

Equipment: None

Important: Be aware of potential body self-consciousness issues, e.g., may not be a comfortable activity for some obese people or a conservative group.

Time: ~10 minutes

Brief Description: Each person places his head on another person's tummy, so that everyone is connected.  The 1st person says "Ha", then the 2nd person "Ha-ha" and so on.  The goal is to get all the way through the group without anyone laughing; its infectious if someone starts laughing.