I had the pleasure of spending three hours on a Sunday morning with a group of over 40 "gamers" from around the world. They all joined my Affordable Portables post-conference workshop at the 2012 AEE (www.aee.org) Conference in Madison Wisconsin.
At long last I had the opportunity to try out Zigity Cards as an affordable low-prop mix-and-mingle activity. (Zigity is a table top card game played with friends and family. These plastic cards have been calling out for a place at the team building table.
Each of the 60 playable cards (in my deck - I'm guessing decks will vary slightly) have a letter, a number, an instrument, and a piece to a three-piece puzzle printed on them.
Letters: A wide variety, more vowel choices than consonants.
Numbers: 12 ones, 12 twos, 11 threes, 11 fours, 7 fives, & 6 sixes
Instruments: Horns, Pianos, Guitars & Drums - about 15 of each
Puzzle Pieces: 18 possible puzzles (since the cards are see through three people can complete a puzzle by over-laying a left side, center, and right side of the puzzle.
The overall idea I had for these cards was to group people in different ways in order for them to get to know each other a little better - a.k.a., an ice breaker. After each player received a card, here are some of the ideas that surfaced in the workshop (and after the workshop):
Lots of fun to be had with these durable cards (and playing Zigity at home is fun too!!) If your deck on Amazon or at a big box store near you.
Please share other activity ideas for the cards below in the comments.
All the best,
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.