This activity consists of a unique collection of laminated, colored dot cards.
Group Size: 10-50
Preparation/Lead In: Choose colored dot cards to give to each of your participants. Be sure to have a wide variety of solid dot cards and mixed dot cards (dots that are half one color and half another color) and 1 unique solid dot color card. Try to have one group that is much larger than the other groups. For example, if you had 30 participants in your group, you could choose 10 yellow dots (majority dot group), 8 blue dots, 5 green dots, 3 dots that are half green and half blue, 2 dots that are half yellow and half blue, 1 dot that is half green and half yellow, and 1 red dot (unique dot card).
Step by Step Procedure:
Invite your participants to make a single file line or circle and close their eyes. Tell them that you will go around and hand them a card that they are to place on their forehead. They must not talk for the rest of the game and must keep their eyes closed even after they have received their cards. As you are passing out the dot cards, make sure you choose the participant that receives the unique color dot sensitively.
After everyone has a dot card, they may open their eyes. Now tell them you are going to be intentionally vague with the directions, as it is a part of the activity. Instruct them to, “Get into your groups without talking.” Make sure you do not tell them to organize themselves according to their dots. Just tell them to get into groups.
The participants may group themselves however they choose, although they inevitably will do so by the color of their dot cards. They also must not talk during this process. Make sure that you are paying attention to the group dynamics; participants will sometimes push other participants out of the groups. Leaders and followers will arise, and the ‘Majority dot’ group will also lend some interesting dynamics.
When it seems that almost everyone has found a group and the person with the unique dot has some idea that s/he is alone, stop the activity. Participants should look around and then take off their dots to see what color dot card they have.
This unique activity is published in Setting the Conflict Compass, by Michelle Cummings with Mike Anderson. All Rights Reserved.
50 Laminated, Colored Dot Cards, 5×7 mesh envelope and complete directions included.