Online Toolkit

Part 5 - Modules

2 Truths and a Lie

MAIN THEMESIdentity, intercultural learning.
DURATION30mins to 1hour (depending on the number of participants or time available)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVESTo enable participants to get to know each other better.
To "break the ice" and get participants to open up with each other.
To raise awareness about other people's stereotypes, as well as our own.
To introduce the topic of identity.
1. Gather all the art materials in the middle of the room – carton, yarn, ribbons, colored papers and markers, etc.
2. Ask participants to make use of their materials to present themselves (example, they can make a hat, ribbon, etc).
3. Ask each participant to write, on a piece of paper, 3 things about themselves (2 of them true, and one of them a lie). Example:
   a. I don't like chocolates.
   b. I've never been on a boat.
   c. I have been on a TV show.
4. Give them 20 minutes to prepare their "identities".
5. When the participants are prepared, ask them to go around and pair up with another participants. Give them 3 minutes to get to know each other, and ask each pair to guess the "LIE" of the other person.
6. Ring the bell after 3 minutes and ask participants to exchange partners.
7. The activity goes on after the participants have spoken with half, if not, all of the other participants. (depending on the time available and number of participants).

Debriefing (10 min.):
Ask the group to sit in a circle.
Initiate the discussion by asking these guide questions:
- How did you feel during the activity?
- Was it difficult for you to choose the 2 truths and 1 lie? How did you choose?
- Did other participants guess what the LIE was about you?
- Can we relate this activity in real life? Can you give some examples?

Depending on the topic of your training, you can make the 2 truths and 1 lie with a certain category, for example: related to culture. Example:
   1. I go to church every Sunday,
   2. We kiss the cheek 3 times when greeting people,
   3. I believe in Karma.
HUMAN RESOURCES NECESSARYMinimum of 10 participants. 1 facilitator.
MATERIALSColored pens, colored papers, yarn, art papers, flipchart papers, other coloring materials, tapes, pins, etc.
WHERE WAS IT USED?This game was adapted from a session of the Soliya Connect Program, as well as the Training for Trainers on Human Rights Education (TOTHRE 2010) held at the European Youth Center, Budapest 2010.
Source: Soliya. Connect Programme Spring Curriculum -
MORE INFORMATION This game is generally best played on the first or second day of the training when participants are just in the "getting to know you" phase. This can also be a good introductory activity for topics like identity, stereotypes and intercultural learning.