I've been a fan of Chiji Cards for years now - originally designed as a processing tool for group discussion sessions. They inspired me to write The Chiji Guidebook (along with Steve Simpson, one of the creators of the Chiji Cards) with over two-dozen activities and ideas for the cards.
Recently my friend Amy Climer designed a set of picture cards with images she hand painted. Amy did the legwork to get her creation manufactured into a standard size deck (She funded this project finding supporters with Kickstarter - a wonderful crowd sourced fundraising tool.)
What I love about Amy's deck is it's versatility. First and foremost I can use the picture sides of the Climer Cards with all the activities in The Chiji Guidebook - this gives me the variety I need for the groups I work with multiple times. Using the "other" side of the cards I can sort large groups. "In the deck of 50 cards," Amy details, "are 5 different shapes (groups of 10), 10 numbers (groups of 5), and 6 colors (groups of 8 to 9). The Climber Cards are a powerful pocket-sized tool I highly recommend. Visit Amy's website for details on how you can pick up a deck.
If you are a bit of a cardaholic like me (I love highly portable fun) then check out Blurble. This giant deck of images, I'm sure, could be used in our adventure education settings. As of this post the decks are not publicly available yet, but I'm looking forward to the possibilities (check back on the link from time-to-time). For sure it's going to be a blast to play the game with friends.
We'd love to hear about other great card decks out there and how you use them. Comment below.
All the best, Chris
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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.