The Onion of Similarity
- to strengthen team bonds
- to develop skills of acceptance and communication
The facilitator asks participants to form an inner and an outer circle (the layers of the onion) and stand facing each other. Each pair that faces each other is requested to quickly find something in common between the two (habit, opinion, background, behaviour, habits, desires, interests, etc.), and a way to express it. The facilitator can mention some examples of potential similarities, such as favourite food, things we don’t like at school, cultural habits of our families, music we like, first thing we do when we wake up in the morning, etc. Depending on the group, expressing these commonalities can take any form chosen by the participants or the facilitator can suggest specific ways of expression, asking participants “to say it with a song“, “to do a little imitation“, “to create a little poem“, “to show it with noises“, “to show it with a symbol“, etc. Once this is done, the outer circle of the onion is moved one position to the right and each new pair must again find a new similarity and express it. They continue moving to the right until the circle reaches the end.