Prep: For this first attempt I created a set of number cards from 1 to 12 - you see in the picture I put each number in a circle about the size of the paper tubes (toilet paper rolls) I was using. Using different colored cards turned out to be useful to the group when they were solving the challenge. I also numbered twelve tubes with nice big numbers.
Set Up: I used a basketball jump circle for the playing area (12 feet in diameter) to set up the cards and tubes. The numbered tubes went on cards of a different number (e.g., the number 11 tube went on the number 3 card). I placed each tube right over the number on the number card making the number on the card undetectable.
Guidelines of Play (at this time):
- Only two players can enter the circle at any one time (as soon as the first person steps into the circled area the time starts).
- Number cards must stay in the position they were set down into.
- Each player can only pick up (and set down) one tube before they must exit the circle.
- Tubes must be set down over the top of the circled number on the card (the number on the card cannot be visible when the tube is on the card).
- When all tubes are matched with their numbered cards the time stops. This must be verified by one of the players inside the circle - thinking ahead this verification process can look or sound differently depending on how the group decides to do this.
- More players more cards/tubes.
- I can make a bigger set with these big noodle tubes that I purchased - the hole diameter is about 4 inches. I'll cut the noodles up into 6 or 8 inch lengths.
- I could use paper towel rolls - players will have to lean right over the tube to see the number on the card.
- I discovered that turning the tube numbers in different directions (initially) give people on the outside of the circle opportunities to help each other.
- If I use note cards that are all the same color this will take away some help when problem solving - during this first run players were saying, "The four is on the green card."
- Using a bigger circle there will be more movement - fitness related.
- What if more than two players could be in the circle at once?
- What if one of the players going in with a partner is unsighted?
Let me know how this plays for you!! Leave your info in the comments below.
All the best,