Line Up According to the Number

Type of Activity: Problem Solving

Props Needed: None

Set Up: Need a mid-size open area for this one. Plays well with 20 to 25 (or more) for 15 to 18 minutes.

Process: The challenge of this activity is in “the eye of the beholder” since it’s very ambiguous and open ended. The risk here is the level of “letting go” and being silly. Good activity to use to see where the participants are at with each other – what their level of “play-ability” is.  Also useful to decide where we want to take the group next.

All you tell your group is "Line up according to the Number". What Number? How to line up? The conundrum begins. Short (generally) and sweet. A variety of possibilities can ensue. You might get those, “What are you talking about” looks, you might see complete engagement, you might see a little of both. We have offered a few responses in the past, like, “You have all the information you need within your group.” Or “How fun do you want to make it?” The sort of information participants just love to hear from us. We also tend to use this one several times during a program to see how it evolves.

Variations: Have the group do this one without talking.

Debriefing Topics:

  • Does this happen in your life? How do you deal with it?
  • How much information do you really want as appose to what you get?
  • What’s more helpful lots of information or little? Does it change the outcome?

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