What Goes Where?
Type of Activity: Problem-Solving, Communication
Props Needed: Dominoes and Pick-Up Sticks
Set Up: Have the group pair up and sit back to back on the floor. Give each partner the same amount of dominoes and pick-up sticks (same colors, too).
Process: Have one partner make a design with their props and then explain it to his/her partner. When they think they have the same design, have a facilitator check their work before they turn and look at each other's design. If they have the same thing then they switch roles. If they don't quite have it yet let them see if they can figure out where the mistake is.
How did you communicate to your partner?
Were you conscious of your language when you were speaking? (i.e. My left vs. your left)
What strategies did you come up with to communicate your model to your partner?
What were some feelings that came up during the process?
You can also use the topic of 'thinking before you speak' as the designer really has to think about how they are going to deliver the message to their partner in a way that they can understand it. If the message is not delivered effectively, the pair will not have success.
2 boxes of dominoes, 2 boxes of pickup sticks, directions, and mesh stuff sack included.