From ‘101 Drama Games and Activities’

Age: 9 to adult
Players: Pairs
Time: 15-20 minutes
Skills: Speaking and Listening

Tell your partner three things about yourself – two of which are true and one of which is a lie

Highly recommended for getting to know each other in a new group. Tell your partner three things about yourself – two of which are true and one of which is a lie. For example, you might tell your partner about your hobbies, your work, where you live, your family or where you have travelled.

Afterwards, your partner tries to guess which was the lie. You might choose to tell three everyday facts or three more unusual things – but remember – only one of them should be a lie. Make sure each person listens carefully to what their partner says!

  • Now introduce your partner to the rest of the group and see if they can guess which was the lie
  • Alternatively, tell your partner three true things about yourself and then swap over. Now the whole group makes a circle. Each partner introduces their friend to the group – they tell the group two of the true things and make up one lie about their partner. This version is great for getting students to LISTEN to each other!

Online

Divide the group into pairs or small groups in breakout rooms in Zoom or Microsoft Teams and give them two minutes (max) to exchange three facts each – one of which is not a fact. When they return to the main group, each student should introduce one of the other students and explain the three facts. The rest of the group can vote with a thumbs up or thumbs down as to whether they think it’s a truth or a lie!


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