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Game Description
In this classic simulation game, youth learn that not everything has to be an “I win” “you lose” scenario. It can be win-win.

Game Materials
About 20 slips of paper, 2 pencils, sweets

Optimal Group Size
Minimum of 8 youth

Game Venue
Can be played just about anywhere.

Game Preparation
(You may want to put these on a poster or give a copy of these instructions to each team)
Divide the large groups into two smaller groups, and explain that an experiment is about to take place. Give the following instructions: Each group will have 9 chances to choose a colour: either RED or BLACK.
Choices are rewarded according to the following guidelines:

  • If both groups choose BLACK – both get 3 sweets
  • If both groups choose RED – both loose 3 sweets
  • If one group chooses RED and the other BLACK – the group that chose RED get 5 sweets; and the group that chose BLACK loses 5


Two Requirements: (these must be stated clearly at the start):
1. Get as many sweets as possible
2. Do not hurt anybody

Game Play
Send the groups to opposite sides of the room and have them decide on their first choice. To make a choice the group simply decides on a colour and writes it on the piece of paper.
Then they present their choice to the facilitator.
The facilitator rewards the groups according to the instructions.
After the 4th or 5th round, ask if the groups want to negotiate – if they do, have them choose a negotiator and give the two negotiators a minute to decide on their strategy for the future choices. Then announce that the next round of choices will be worth three times as much. Continue the game until all rounds are complete.

Game Debrief

  1. What was your group’s strategy? How did you decide what colour to choose?
  2. How did you treat the “minority” voice in your group?
  3. Did your group fulfil the two requirements? How?
  4. Did you trust the other group?
  5. Why did/didn’t you want to negotiate with the other group?
  6. When did you decide to try and beat the other group?
  7. To beat the other group did you have to emphasis one requirement over the other?


No mention was made of competition, beating or winning – this is our natural tendency! If both or one group became involved in competition even though no mention was made that the exercise was based on competition lines, suggest that this is our natural tendency to satisfy our ego through being superior to others, or for selfishness and greed. Ultimately this is the cause of poverty, war and oppression in the world. The Bible calls it sin!

What are some areas of your lie where you can work together for the benefit of others so that all can win?


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