Order Puzzle

Source:  Adapted from an activity in the book, Playing with a Full Deck, 52 Team Activities Using a Deck of Playing Cards by Michelle Cummings.



  • Ask each participant to bring a deck of playing cards to the virtual meeting, or provide images of playing cards.
  • You could also have a deck of cards yourself on video and move the cards for the participants.
  • Group Size: 2-4 people per card set.  Once you explain the task, send people into breakout rooms to solve the puzzle.
  • There are three ways to divide the cards:
  • First set: Aces, Jacks, Queen, Kings.
  • Second set: Twos, Threes, Fours, Fives.
  • Third set: Sixes, Sevens, Eights, Nines.
  • Puzzle Challenge: This activity is Sudoku-like.  Ask participants to shuffle their small deck and place the cards in a 4x4 grid pattern on their desk or table.  By sliding the cards into different positions, they need to figure out the puzzle where no row or column  of the grid has the same suit or the same number/rank. 
  • See the picture for the answer!


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?