Tool Cards

Type of Activity:  Processing / Metaphors

Props Needed:  Tool Cards (Cards with pictures of tools on them).  Or use actual tools or small plastic replicas of tools.

Concept:  Most people are familiar with building tools and what their use is for.   Tool cards are cards that have pictures of different types of building tools.  The basic concept is to use the metaphors behind each building tool as a means to a discussion.

Process:  There are several different ways you can use Tool Cards.

Debriefing Tool:  This is a great way for people to express their feelings.  Spread the cards out before the group and have them pick a tool that best represents an experience or a feeling that they have had.  Go around the group and ask each participant to share why they picked the card they did and why that card represents them or an experience they have had.

Pre-briefing Tool:  When used at the beginning of the day, these cards can be a great pre-briefing for the day.  Spread out the cards and ask them to pick out the cards representing the "tools" they are going to need to be successful as a team.  Go around the group and ask each participant to share why they picked the card they did and what team tool it represents.

Intervention Tool:  When a group is having a hard time during an activity and needs an intervention, stop the activity and spread out the cards before the group.  Ask them to think about the role they are playing within the activity and then pick a tool card that would best represent the role they are playing.  This allows each participant to reflect on their own behaviors and place an external role with that behavior.  Go around the circle and ask each participant to share why they picked the card they did and what tool they are portraying.

 

For more resources see:  A Teachable MomentTool Cards/Onimod Cards

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