The Folds

Type of Activity: Problem Solving, Communication

Props Needed: None

Set Up: (discovered in a 1950s game book) No special space needs. Plays well with 2 to 25 (or more) for 10 to 15 minutes.

Process: Ask the participants to imagine this puzzle in there head – they my not use any props to solve this. “Imagine you have an 8 ½ by 11 sheet of paper in your head. Fold this paper in half. Now, fold the paper in half again, but make this second fold perpendicular to the first fold. The puzzle is, if you were to cut this folded paper, making the cut parallel to the first fold, how many separate pieces of paper would you get?” From this point ask the participants in the group to get together with people who have the same answer as they do. If there is more than one group, have participants try and convince a participant in another group to agree with the answer that they have. The objective would be to reach consensus on one number before the answer is revealed. This is an activity we use to work on consensus building. How will participants convince or demonstrate enough information to get others to agree with them? What is the answer? Hmmmm…what sort of a facilitators would we be if we told you? What is your answer?

Debriefing Topics:

  • Was consensus possible?
  • How did you react if your solution was discounted or discredited?

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