Jar filled with hundreds of beans, featured in the classic puzzle Count The Beans

Count The Beans

Team-based variation of classic guessing-game.

  • Simple
  • Powerful metaphor
  • Promotes critical thinking
  • Fosters creativity

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Comments (2)

  1. prosivendola

    Hello Mark,
    I have never played this one but I would like to try for a group of 25 people.
    Any suggestions on how to build up the challenge in this case?
    Could I maybe, instead of starting individually, start in pairs so they guess together, then ask them to form teams of 5 and let them compete amongst the 5 teams for the final guess? Would that make sense, from your experience?
    Thanks for your feedback!!
    Irene (Barcelona, Spain)

    • Mark

      Irene, yes, I like your idea of graduating the size of the teams. It would also be interesting to compare the variations between the guesses of the pairs, the fives, and then the whole group. I’m gonna predict that the consensus answer of the whole group will be closer to the truth 🙂

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