Years ago I was working with a training company that used an activity called "Colourblind" (see activity details here) with their corporate programs. After leading the activity I wanted to have one for myself (very clever, well designed activity) - however, it was a bit out of my price range (actually still is - but some day!!).
When I ran into the table-top game Qwirkle I found a tool that could be used to work on a few of the behaviors emphasized in Colourblind (still, Colourblind is a powerful tool for working through communication skills and assumptions - get it if you can).
The game of Qwirkle (a great game, in and of itself, by the way! - comes in family size and travel size) is made up of small black squares with three sets of six different shapes and six different colors of each shape.
Needs & Numbers: You will need one set of colored shapes from a Qwirkle game (the picture to the left is a set). Plays well with 12-34.
Directions: Place all 36 pieces of one set shape-down on top of a table (or setting them out on the floor works out as well). You (the facilitator) pick up two pieces off the table - be sure the group sees you pick up the pieces, but make sure they don't see the colors of shapes. Than ask each person to pick up one piece without letting anyone else see what they picked up. If there are extra pieces, ask for volunteers to pick up one more piece. (I have yet to play this with more than two pieces per player.)
Challenge: Once everyone has at least one game piece and understands they are not to show their shape and color to anyone else, their challenge is to tell you the color and shape of each of the two pieces you picked up. They are allowed to say anything they want about their pieces, but, again, they can't show anyone what they have. Okay, you are ready to go.
What's Missing? is a great lead into ZOOM, if you know the activity. (My official write-up of ZOOM will be in my upcoming book, Portable Teambuilding Activities, out this Spring - 2105. Keep an eye on the Books page here at FUNdoing).
Let us know how What's Missing? works for you. And, if you find a fun way to present the challenge please let us know 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.