February 24, 2011 · 11:12 am
Children, Teens, Adults
This game teaches that we often need to share resources in order to be successful. Competition with others outside the team is usually productive, but competition within a team can create a lose-lose outcome for all involved.
o Acts 2:42-47
o Flipchart and marker
o Large, open space to play
o Mats of some type
o They can be pieces of cardboard or posterboard, table mats or even newspaper or flipchart paper.
o You will need one per participant, plus one extra per team. For example if you have four teams of five people each, you will need 20 mats (one per participant) plus four mats (one extra per team) for a total of 24 mats.
o They should be large enough for one person to stand on (i.e., about 2’x2’).
o (Optional) Prizes for the winning teams.
o Clear the open space of any obstacles.
o Divide participants into teams of similar size (5-8 is best).
o Identify a starting line and a finishing line. It should be across the room and a significant distance away.
o Count out the mats for each team. They should have one more mat than people on their teams. It doesn’t matter if teams are not the same size. If you have three teams with five people and one team with six, the three teams should have six mats, and the fourth team should have seven mats.
o Space the mats out along the starting line. Keep them close enough together that teams will be able to pass mats back and forth between them.
o Write the debriefing questions (at the end of this lesson) on a flipchart, but conceal them until it is time to debrief.
Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):
- “We are going to play a game about sharing resources, and we will do it twice.”
- “The first time, your team will be in competition with the others, and we will see how can get from the Start Line to the Finish Line first.”
- “I’ve put mats out along this Start Line.”
- “Your goal is to travel to the Finish Line only stepping on the mats as you go.”
- “It might not sound too difficult, but I have a few additional rules to share.”
- “You can never have more than one person on a mat at a time. In other words, no sharing mats.”
- “Your feet must never touch anything except for a mat as you go from the Start Line to the Finish Line – no standing on other peoples’ shoes, no stepping on the floor, no using other objects as mats – these are the only mats you can use.”
- “If you break a rule, you have to go back to the Start Line and begin again.”
- “Each team has one more mat than you have people.”
- “So the way that you will move is that people in the back will pass a mat forward to the leader.”
- “The leader will step on the new mat, and everyone behind him will step forward to stand on the mat of the person that was in front of them.”
- “Eventually, you will fill up all but one of your mats.”
- “Pass that mat from the back of the line to the front of the line, and everyone will be able to take another step forward.”
- “Does anyone have any questions?” (Answer any questions.)
- “Okay, get ready, get set……..GO!” (Allow teams to race. Make sure they are following the rules. Send a team back if it breaks a rule. When a team has crossed the Finish Line, declare them the winner and have everyone return to the Start Line.)
- “Now, let’s do it again, but this time, I’m going to take away some of your mats.” (Select groups, and take away one mat from each of them. You can even take away two mats from one team to add more difficulty to the challenge. Leave two groups with all their mats (including the one extra per team). )
- “During the last race, success was beating the other teams, but this time, success is ALL teams crossing the Finish Line.”
- “Unfortunately, not all teams are equally equipped, so you are going to have to find a way to share resources.”
- “All other rules still apply.”
- “What questions do you have?” (Answer any questions.)
- “Okay, get ready, get set………GO!” (Allow teams to work together to reach the Finish Line. They will have to pass the two extra mats between teams in order to be successful. If you took two mats away from one team, they will need to permanently borrow one of the extra mats. This will allow only one mat to be passed between teams, which will slow them all down. However, it’s a good lesson on ‘we are only as strong as our weakest link.’ Without the extra mat, that team will get left behind. After they have all crossed the Finish Line, you might want to award a prize to everyone for their teamwork or offer a prize to the team that won the first race. Have participants regroup into their teams to discuss the following debriefing questions.)
o How did you resolve the issue of scarce resources?
o Why is it important for us to share resources?
o How can we do this better in our own groups/organization?
o Read Acts 2:42-47. How did the early Church handle resources?
o What was the impact of this approach?
o What other lessons can you take away from this activity?
Filed under Apostles, competition, Game, Games that Teach, Group Dynamics, sharing, team, teambuilding, teamwork
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April 20, 2009 · 6:08 pm
This game helps participants understand different responses to conflict. (You can also use this as a game to illustrate the different strategies in negotiation.)
Children, youth, adults
• Beads (20 per person plus 40 per group – in other words, if you have six people in a group, you will need 160 beads – 20 per person and 40 to go in the middle). You can also use coins, rice, beans… anything that you have lots and lots of.
• Dice (one per group – I recommend fuzzy dice. They are more fun to play with.)
• Flipchart or whiteboard
• Copies of the “Debrief Questions” page at the end of this lesson
• (Optional) A prizes(s) for the winning team(s)
• Make copies of the “Debrief Questions” page at the end of this lesson (one copy per table group).
• Count out the beads, and put enough for the gate at each table.
• Put a die at each table.
• Write the following on a flipchart or whiteboard:
o 1 – Win-Win (Everyone gets 1 bead from center.)
o 2 – Win-Lose (Everyone gives you 1 bead.)
o 3 – Lose-Win (You give everyone 1 bead.)
o 4 – Lose-Lose (Everyone puts 1 bead in the center.)
o 5 – Compromise (You give 1 bead to the center and pick 2 other people to put one bead in the center.)
o 6 – You Choose (Choose your own conflict response, and do what it says.)
• Practice the script.
Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):
• (Divide the participants into table groups of 4-6 people each.)
• “We’re going to play a game that will illustrate peoples’ different responses to conflict.”
• “Different people respond in different ways when they come into conflict.”
• “Many go for ‘Win-Lose.’ ‘I win; you lose.’ They want to win the conflict even if it means that the other person has to lose.”
• “Many others go for ‘Lose-Win.’ ‘I lose; you win.’ They just let the other person win, because they don’t like conflict or confrontation. It’s easier just to give up the fight.”
• “Some go for ‘Compromise.’ ‘We both lose some of what we wanted, but at least we get a resolution to the conflict.’ Neither party gets exactly what they wanted in ‘Compromise,’ but the conflict gets resolved or the task gets done. Sometimes that’s enough.”
• “Some even go for ‘Lose-Lose.’ ‘I lose; you lose.’ This one seems crazy, but people will often choose this response when they are upset that they can’t win. It’s like they are saying, ‘If I can’t have what I want, I’ll make sure no one gets what they want!’”
• “And a very few people go for ‘Win-Win.’ ‘I win; you win.’ I say very few people go for it, because it’s very difficult to do. It takes patience, creativity and a willingness to truly listen and understand to the other person before making a decision. However, this is usually the best response to conflict, because everyone gets what they want (or even something better).”
• “On your table, you have lots of beads.”
• “I would like for everyone at the table to count out 20 beads for himself or herself.” (Wait for everyone to count out his or her beads. There should be at least 40 left in the middle of the table.)
• “The game we are about to play is called, ‘Win-Lose,’ and your objective is to win.”
• “The person at the table who first collects 40 beads is the winner.”
• “You gain or lose beads by rolling the die (singular for dice) and doing one of six things listed on the flipchart / whiteboard.”
• “If you roll a one, you choose a Win-Win response to conflict, and everyone at the table benefits by getting a bead from the center.”
• “If you roll a two, you choose a Win-Lose response to conflict, and everyone gives you one of their beads.”
• “If you roll a three, you choose a Lose-Win response to conflict, and you give everyone at the table one bead.”
• “If you roll a four, you choose a Lose-Lose response to conflict, and everyone had to put a bead back into the center.”
• “If you roll a five, you choose a Compromise response to conflict, and you need to put a bead in the center. You will also pick two other people to put a bead in the center.”
• “If you roll a six, you get to pick your conflict response. You then have to do what the flipchart / whiteboard says for that conflict response. For example, if you choose ‘Win-Lose,’ then you should collect a bead from everyone at the table.”
• “To determine who goes first, you will each roll the die. The highest roll goes first. If you have a tie for the highest roll, have just those people continue to roll to determine who goes first.”
• “After the first person goes, the person on his/her left will go next, and play will continue clockwise around the table.”
• “Play continues until someone accumulates 40 beads. That person is the winner.”
• “Does anyone have any questions about how to play?” (Answer questions.)
• “Okay, then you can start rolling the die to see who goes first.” (If they finish the first round quickly and you have the time, let them play several rounds. Then, award a prize to the winners if you choose. Pass out the Debrief Questions sheet to each group, and allow them 10-15 minutes to talk about the questions. Then ask the large group for any general insights from the activity.”
o How does this game reflect real conflict situations?
o When people got to choose the conflict response they used, what did they usually choose? Why? What can you learn from this?
o What consequences are there for people who always use the following approaches to conflict?
o How do people generally feel about others who use these conflict responses on a regular basis?
o Why don’t more people approach conflict from a Win-Win perspective?
o What are the benefits of using a Win-Win approach?
o What could you do to increase the frequency with which you use Win-win?
Filed under conflict management, Conflict Resolution, Coping skills, Game, Games that Teach, Relationships
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