I had the opportunity to try out a new idea (the group named Tube Switch) for the first time with a group of elementary students and adult volunteers. (I would say, Tube Switch is a variation of the team building activity Key Punch and the family favorite Concentration.) There were five students and five adult - so, eventually we played the world record round with ten participants (Standing World Record for 10 players: 3.08 minutes).
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.
Challenge: This timed challenge required players to pair up each numbered tube with it's numbered card.
Guidelines of Play (at this time):
Considerations: Here are a few things I'm going to try with Tube Switch in the future.
Let me know how this plays for you!! Leave your info in the comments below.
All the best,
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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.