After receiving my new Blocked Perspective activity from High 5 the other day (I'm so excited to try it out), blocks have been on my mind. Nate Folan, a friend and fellow team builder, inspired the Lotsa Blocks post back in April of 2015 - a series of six different activities using blocks. Block It Out is my latest development.
So far, in the beta testing phase, Block It Out is a table-top activity for six to twelve participants (but as you know, feel free to adjust this one to meet your needs).
Numbers: Six to twelve participants in a group - multiple groups can play.
Equipment: Masking tape, 12 wooden building blocks for each group (with pictures, numbers, and letters on the sides of the blocks), and a timing device for each group.
Set Up: You'll need a solid surface (e.g., end of a table) for each group. Stick down a 12-inch piece of masking tape on the surface you are using. Build two block towers (for each group), six blocks each, like in the first picture above.
The Challenge: The group is/groups are tasked to move the "Two Towers" into the "Pyramids" (picture 2) then into "The Wall" (picture 3) as quickly as possible. You will be giving them three attempts to get their best (lowest) time.
Let me know how this one goes for you! What needs to change to make it better? What can we add to make it better?
Keep me posted.
All the best!
Chris Cavert, Ed.D.
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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.
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