This is a new creation for me that I'm trying out (guess I was inspired by Neil from last week to come up with something new!!). As always, I'd love some feedback on it!
Needs & Numbers: You'll need a standard deck of playing cards and a game spot for each player in a group of 20 to 52 (so far my biggest group has been 29 players - with a group of more than 32 there might be too much "waiting" around for your taste. Let me know what you try.
Before you're ready to start you also need to organize your cards. Consider that smaller cards will make the activity a bit more challenging. Larger cards will be a bit easier. Put all like ranks of cards together starting with the four Aces on top of the deck (face down), then the twos, threes, fours, and so on. Okay, your ready.
When everyone has a card ask them to do a "blind shuffle" - exchange cards with five different people and then stop moving. Again, ask your participants not to look at their cards just yet.
- This will be a timed activity. Time starts when "GO!" is called and stops when all the cards are in the right order.
- When "GO!" is called you may look at the card you are holding.
- All players must have one foot on their spot during play (when time is running). Spots may not be moved.
- A player may not have more than two cards in their possession at any time - one card in each hand. Two cards may not be held in one hand and it's okay not to have any cards in your possession.
- A card can be passed to a player in front of you or behind you if they have a free hand to accept a card. You may not skip over a player to pass a card to someone else in your line.
- The players at the head of each line can pass a card to anyone at the head of another line if they have a free hand to accept a card.
- Only the head of each line can pass a card to someone in another line - again, only the person at the head of each line.
- When each player in every line is holding one, and only one, card and the cards in each line are the same suit and in sequential order from Ace to the highest card in the suit, time stops.
Have FUN out there!
Chris Cavert,, Ed.D.