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Several groups of pairs separated from one another, as the result of using a fun Getting Into Pairs strategy

Getting Into Pairs

Fun partner-matching strategies based on random criteria.

  • Simple, rapid pairing
  • Very playful & fun
  • Promotes random mixing
  • Non-traditional
  • Breaks down cliques

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Have you played this activity? What worked, what didn't work? What type of group? Do you have useful advice for other users? Do you know a fun variation?

Comments (6)

  1. Emily

    The way children and staff get into pairs is critical. It is a LIFE SKILL that should get as much attention as teaching manners to children, but it is sadly not even placed in the same category as importance…yet. This resource has been so helpful. Thank you, Mark!

    • Mark

      Couldn’t agree more Emily. To my way of thinking, building connections before the delivery of (any) content is the key to success. Have FUNN…

  2. Playformance

    I love these ideas! I just did a teacher training workshop and find myself saying get into pairs when playing the debrief games back to back and pair share. Next time I will make it more fun! Thanks Marc. Such a brilliant site and well organized.

    • Mark

      Thanks for your comment, ps: I love the name of your business 🙂

  3. Fabio

    Thanks Marc, these are amazing ideas to form pairs. I work as experiental trainer in Italy and I find the whole data base, not only this activity, incredibly useful for my work

  4. Sean de Morton

    “Getting into pairs” is such a big responsibility of the Health and Physical Education teacher and these simple tips allow pairs to be formed in an inclusive and safe fashion. I would suggest that the more ridiculous the better and ask a student to pick how you will find your next partner.

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