This fun icebreaker can be an energizing way to engage participants. It’s a “personality assessment,” but it’s just for fun; there is no scientific value to the results.
- Paper for each participant
- Pens, pencils and colored markers for each participant
- Printout of the “Pig Analysis” sheet (at the end of this lesson)
Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):
- “Let’s start out our time together by getting to know each other.”
- “We’ll do it in a funny way.”
- “On the sheet of paper that each of you has, I would like you to each draw a pig.”
- “Make it as detailed as you like.” (Allow 5 minutes for drawing the pig.)
- “Now that you’ve drawn your pig, I’m going to help you do some analysis to see what your drawing tells us about you.” (Read each of the descriptions on the “Pig Analysis” sheet. Keep it light and fun.)
- “Take a few minutes, and share your Pig Analysis with your table.”
- “Tell them if you think it is accurate or not.”
- “So, what do you think? Does your Pig Analysis match your personality?”
- “Okay, this was not a scientific instrument, so any truth it contained was probably accidental….or was it?” (You might want to have participants put their names on their pictures and post them around the room.)
If the pig is drawn:
Toward the top of the paper – You have a tendancy to be positive and optimistic.
Toward the middle – You have a tendency to be a realist.
Toward the bottom – You have a tendency to be pessimistic and may be
prone to behaving negatively.
Facing left – You have a tendency to believe in tradition and be friendly; you may also be prone to remembering dates well.
Facing Right – You have a tendency to be innovative and active, but may be prone to forgetting dates easily and may not have a strong sense of family.
Facing front – You have a tendency to be direct, and may enjoy playing the role of devil’s advocate; you also are prone to neither fearing nor avoiding confrontational discussions.
With many details – You have a tendency to be analytical, but may also be prone to being cautious to the point that you struggle with trust.
With few details – You have a tendency to be emotional and to focus on the larger picture rather than focusing on details. You also have a tendency to be
a great risk taker and may sometimes be prone to reckless and impulsive decisions.
With less than 4 legs showing – May indicate that you are living through a major period of change and as a result you may be prone to struggling with insecurities.
With 4 legs showing – You have a tendency to be secure and to stick to your ideals; however, others may describe you as stubborn.
With large ears – Indicates how good of a listener you are (the bigger, the better).
With a long tail – Indicates how intelligent you are (the longer, the better)