If you have been in activity programming for a while I'm sure you've used a variety of Line Ups as a way to get your groups to work together to solve a simple problem - figuring out where everyone goes in the line. (Can you figure out how the group in the picture was asked to line up with the number cards?)
Recently I met some great folks from Paradigm Shift out of Oklahoma. They do a lot of great work with youth, among other things. To find out more about their operation I went to explore their website. One of the awesome resources I found was a compilation of 101 Ways to Line Up a Group. Check it out - lots of fun ones in there.
For me, I like to use line ups that require people to talk a bit more - giving them an opportunity to share their voice and more details about themselves (don't get me wrong, it is also important to provide some easy, less talking, line ups at first to get participants warmed up). Here are some of my favorite "talkative" line ups:
If you have other "talkative" line ups for us, please share in the comments below.
Have FUN out there.
Jeremy uses a free online QR Code generator (here's the one I use) and goes to Dictionary.com to put in his words for the puzzle. Once a word is defined Jeremy copies the URL for that word and pastes it into the generator. When a QR Code is generated he has a document template for Avery printable business cards set up - he copies and then pastes one QR Code per business card and then prints out the page when it's full. You could easily make cards in a Word document like I do - I can get about eight rectangle images on one page. From there I can drop in a word, or now a QR Code, into each rectangle and print them out after I make a set of cards.
Jeremy did warn us to label our QR Code puzzle card sets in some way so that if we make a number of different QR Code sets you know which cards go together. In the picture above you see Jeremy has outlined the QR Codes in green. With a little effort you too can produce a very interesting puzzle challenge that brings tech and face-to-face together!
Here are some new Word Circle Puzzles for your team building adventures. (I've mixed them up of course so you can figure them out on your own if desired (write out each word on an index card so you can shuffle them around to solve), The answers are included after the puzzles. (New to Word Circle Puzzles? Go Here. After more WCP? Use the Search box in the right side bar on this page - type in Word Circle Puzzles to find other installments and presentation ideas.)
SOME, HIT, NIGHT, GOING, TIME, ON, SWITCH, OVER, LIGHT, HER...(10 Words)
HOLD, NECK, CARD, STAGE, SMART, LACE, BACK, STREET, CREW, HOUSE, OFF, WORK...(12 Words)
STREET, POWER, PLANT, CONE, SMART, FLOWER, PITCH, PLAY, MONEY, BACK, STAND, PINE, FAST... (13 Words)
BOTTOM, STAMP, GAME, COACH, SCHOOL, MAN, LINE, LESS, DATE, PAYMENT, BELL, DOWN, BOARD, LAW, PLAN, ON...
SPOILER ALERT - ANSWERS BELOW
10 Words: NIGHT, LIGHT, SOME, TIME, SWITCH, HIT, HER, ON, GOING, OVER...
12 Words: STREET, SMART, CARD, HOUSE, HOLD, BACK, STAGE, CREW, NECK, LACE, WORK, OFF...
13 Words: PINE, CONE, FLOWER, POWER, PLAY, BACK, STREET, SMART, MONEY, PLANT, STAND, FAST, PITCH...
16 Words: GAME, LAW, SCHOOL, BELL, BOTTOM, LINE, COACH, MAN, DATE, STAMP, DOWN, PAYMENT, PLAN, LESS, ON, BOARD...
Have fun out there!
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Dr. Chris Cavert is an internationally known author, speaker, and trainer in the area of adventure-based activity programming and its relation to community and pro-social behavior development.
This blog is a space for hands-on programable fun - energetic activities and ideas that can be used as a means to bring people together; activities and ideas we as educators can add to our social development curriculums.