Order Puzzle

Type of Activity:  Problem-Solving

Source:  Playing With A Full Deck, by Michelle Cummings, and The Possiblesbag Teambuilding Kit  Activity manual, by Chris Cavert

Group Size:  2-18 people, There are enough Cards for 3 puzzles—3 groups.

Playing the Game:  (idea from Adventure Woods)  This little puzzle is nice for down time or to fill in some activity time space—good for small group interaction.  You’ll need to separate the Cards into 3 sets.

First set:  Aces, Jacks, Queen, Kings.

Second set:  Twos, Threes, Fours, Fives.

Third set:  Sixes, Sevens, Eights, Nines.

Give each group one of the sets and challenge them to solve the puzzle.  They will need to create a 4 by 4 grid of Cards, showing face up, where no row or column  of the grid has the same suit in it or the same rank (face value).  See the picture for a possible answer.

Possibilities:  What if the 3 sets of cards were mixed together?  How would that change the activity?

Debriefing Topics:

  • What was difficult about this activity for you?
  • What strategies did you and your team come up with to be successful?
  • Were all of the ideas listened to in the group?
  • How did you communicate your ideas to others?


Learning styles utilized from the 7 Kinds of Smart:   ~logic smart, picture smart

Purchase from the Training Wheels store:  Playing With a Full Deck, Jumbo Playing Cards, Colossal Playing Cards, Mini Playing Cards, Round Playing Cards

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