Line of people holding numbers for Number Shuffle initiative

Number Shuffle

Very simple energising team-building exercise.

  • Easy set-up
  • Playful & fun
  • Promotes cooperation
  • Focus on perspective
  • Simple props


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Comments (2)

  1. jeWElle de Mesa

    Here’s a quick idea to help your group to work together so that everyone contributes:

  2. The back of the cards could be blank – they can place it before or after the numbers, or other placements – can be discussed later – any particular reason for the placement? how did the placement help with the strategy? speed? presentation? Then maybe encourage other meanings from the rest of the group?
  3. The back of the cards could have had different symbols, shapes, colors, words, expressions – they can use these as details added to the ‘story’ of how they got to arrange/shuffle the numbers – the message being ‘this is more than just a number’ – what are the other meanings for the group? How about for the plenary? Other ways to process this?
  4. For next time – exploring ‘shuffle’ as an acronym, related to the framing for this activity….. (“,)
    • Mark

      jOeL, once again, thank you for sharing. I really like the idea of involving everyone by handing out one or more blanks to be used in the number-making operation. Can’t wait to try this out.

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