Inside Out

Type of Activity: Problem-Solving

Props Needed: Webbing

Set Up: This is a great initial problem solving activity. Begin with a Raccoon Circle on the floor.

Process: Have the entire group step inside the circle. The task is now for the entire group to go from the inside of the circle to the outside, by going underneath the Raccoon Circle, without anyone in the group using their hands, arms or shoulders.

What is important in this activity is to stress the group problem solving process. In order for other members of the group to assist in the completion of the task, they need to know the plan, and what their part is in the solution. To this end, encourage the group to “plan their work” and then “work their plan.” This means that prior to ANY action, the group will need to plan their approach to solving this problem, and making sure that everyone in the group knows their part of the plan.

Variation: Ask the group to go Outside In, again without using their hands, arms or shoulders.... and see if they “plan their work” before “working their plan.”

Debriefing Topics:

  • Did the group have a plan? Did they change the plan during the completion of the activity? If so, why?
  • What ideas did you consider before you decided on the correct method?
  • What were some feelings that came up during the process?
  • Did everyone feel like their ideas were heard?
  • On a scale of 1-10 rate how difficult this process was.

For original write up purchase, "The Book of Raccoon Circles".

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