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The purpose of 'What kind of animal are you?'

This is a fun introductory or warm-up activity.

Activity description

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  • Adaptations
  • Technical requirements

Doing introductions in any size group without asking people to reveal too much about themselves if they don’t want to.


Ask participants to go around and say “if you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?”

This can be done in a large group or in smaller groups via breakout rooms.

It could take anywhere between 1-5 minutes per participant, so if it is a large group, you may want to limit each person to 1 or 2 minutes.

If it is culturally inappropriate, or you face resistance from the notion of being asked “what kind of animal are you?”, you could modify the activity.  For example, Irene Maweu who contributed this activity once had to do this and she asked people “what kind of car would you be?”

You can also make the activity more memorable by inviting folks to change their profile picture or rename themselves to represent the animal they would be.

None, other than breakout rooms if you choose to split up the whole group.

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How do I use these resources?

We have created a welcome video and some introductory text that explains in detail how to use these resources. You can also find answers to some key questions below. 

Yes you can. We have included descriptive text and slides that you can reuse / adapt for this reason. We have suggested some variations for activities to help you make adaptations.

We show how much time an activity should take and what resources you need to help you make a decision.

As we include more resources over time you will have a greater choice of activities and more information about the different contexts within which they work best. 

Any technique can block some people out, make them feel unwelcomed, or be used in a way that privileges some and makes it harder on others.

All of these techniques should be used in conjunction with pedagogies of care and what we call Intentionally Equitable Hospitality

If you try an adaptation of this activity, or try it as is and have interesting results to share, please contribute your adaptation/reflection in the comments or get in touch through social media / email.

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