Partner Find- Playing Cards

Type of Activity:  Problem Solving

Source:  Playing With A Full Deck, by Michelle Cummings

Props Needed:  Playing cards

Aim of the Game:  To find your partner without talking and with your eyes closed.

Group size:  12-40 Players

Setting up the Cards:  Remove all of the face cards.  Aces have a value of 1.  Shuffle the deck well.  This is a Variation of Blind Line Up.

Playing the Game:  Each participant is asked to take a Card, look at the number and put it in their pocket.  Ask them not to share their number with anyone else in the group.  Distribute blindfolds to those participants who have trouble keeping their eyes closed.  The objective is for the participants to find 2-3 people with the same number of card they do with their eyes closed, and without talking.

They may not strategize before beginning.  Encourage the participants to put their ‘bumpers up’ to avoid any collisions with other participants.  Also let them know that you will be watching the group so that no one wanders off from the group and that you will keep them safe.  Anytime you ask someone to close their eyes you should do a safety talk about boundaries and safe  environments.

Most of the time groups will start out by milling about trying to tap their number out on someone’s shoulder.  Eventually someone will figure out clapping their number so that they can be communicating with more than one person at a time.

Debriefing topics:

  • How did you try to communicate your number to the group?
  • What was frustrating about this activity?
  • How did it feel to have your eyes closed?
  • How did other’s behaviors in the group affect your performance?


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

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