What is Move Your Butt/ Shake Your Booty/The West Wind Blows?
Move Your Butt/ Shake Your Booty/The West Wind Blows is an icebreaker and name game that helps your group learn more about each other and who shares common experience and interests.
How to play: What is Move Your Butt/ Shake Your Booty/The West Wind Blows
- Organize students in a large circle around one group leader.
- Have students make a mark in the ground where they are standing that is very visible (like a large x).
- Explain that the person in the middle will begin by saying “Hi, my name is…”.
- They will then say “Move your butt if…” and will say something true about themselves
(example: Hi, my name is Fred. Move your butt if you can speak Spanish.)
- If any players in the circle share the same thing with the person in the middle
(ex. They also speak Spanish), then they must try to find a new spot in the circle.
- The person in the middle will also try to find a spot in the circle.
- If someone is unable to find a new spot, they become the new person in the middle.
- The game continues with (hopefully) a new person in the middle each time (since there will be one less spot in the circle than the number of players).
- Try to encourage students to stay away from clothing/appearance related move your butts.
- Make sure students know that they must move to an already existing mark, they cannot make their own just to move. Have students re-mark their spots after each round so that they are clear.
- Remind students that they are not allowed to move to a spot that is directly beside them.