This icebreaker takes longer than most to facilitate, but it can be a fun way to start an event where it is important for the group to think creatively. Participants will work together in teams to create puzzles from their own illustration of different types of animals. Another team will solve the puzzle.
· Sheets of blank paper (1 per team)
· Notecards (3×5 inch – 31 per team)
· Markers (several colors per team)
· Masking tape (1 roll per team)
· Prize for the winning team (optional)
· Use one notecard from each team’s supply to write down the type of animal they have to draw. Here are some suggestions for what you can write on the cards (but feel free to make up your own):
o Tasty Animal
o Smart Animal
o Arctic Animal
o Australian Animal
o African Animal
o Ugly Animal
o Unfriendly Animal
o Mythical Animal
o Dangerous Animal
o Farm Animal
Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):
- “Let’s do an icebreaker!”
- “I need everyone to line up in order from least to greatest by your answer to this question: ‘How many pets have you owned over your lifetime?’”
- “Those with the most should be on this side of the room.” (Pick a side and point to it.)
- “Those with the least should be on this side of the room.” (Point to the other side. Allow them to sort themselves out. Then debrief by finding out how many pets various people had. Finally, divide the participants into groups by having them number off and having like numbers get together. Make sure that there are no more than six people per team. When they are in their teams, hand each team some markers, a sheet of paper and their 31 notecards, including the one with the assignment written on it.)
- “I’ve handed each group 31 notecards, some markers and a sheet of paper.”
- “On the top notecard is your assignment.”
- “You are to work together to draw that type of animal on the blank sheet of paper.”
- “Once you are happy with it, you are going to make a larger version of the same drawing on your 30 remaining notecards.”
- “It’s easiest if you lay the notecards out side-by-side like a big canvas and then draw the picture on them.”
- “You will be making a puzzle that another team will have to solve.”
- “There are some rules you have to follow as a team:
- Each person on your team must draw on at least four cards.
- There must be some drawing on every card. (It’s okay if it is background or landscape – it doesn’t have to be the animal itself.)
- You will have only 20 minutes to make your drawing.”
- “When your drawing is complete, shuffle your notecards.”
- “When I give the signal, you will give them to another team, and we will see who is able to solve the puzzle first.”
- “The first team to solve their puzzle will be the winner!”
- “What questions do you have?” (Answer questions, then let them begin drawing. When it comes time to pass the cards, you can have them pass them in any order you want as long as every group gets a set. Make sure everyone starts solving at the same time. When you have a winner, award the prize, if you chose to have one. Then, have groups debrief using the following three questions. After they are done, you can use the tape to tape the puzzles on the back so that they can be hung for everyone to see.)
- What was challenging about that activity?
- What would have made it easier?
- How is this like the work and challenges you experience in your teams?