JIGSAW PUZZLE TEAM BUILDING
One activity to illustrate how folks must work together
is to get several
small children's puzzles. The ones I have are Milton
Bradley, 25 piece puzzles,
for ages 3-7. This puzzle comes with a variety of
different pictures of
animals, but the pieces are all cut in the same shapes.
I have six different ones.
Before hand the facilitator takes three pieces out of
each puzzle and
includes the same piece from a different puzzle so it
would be possible to put the
puzzle together, however the picture would not be
correct. There are three
pieces in each of puzzles I have that are cut like a
cat, a pig, and a rabbit.
These three pieces are the easiest to pull out and mix
up. Make sure that each
group has find one of their pieces from three separate
You should have enough puzzles for the entire group to
work in small groups
of 3-6 people.
The facilitator simply says "we will be working on a
teamwork activity. Your
challenge is to put together a puzzle".
The "groups" will then do several different things -
first they will assume
it is a race. Someone will eventually say they don't
have the correct piece -
do not respond. Some groups will figure out that the
pieces are mixed and
will go find the piece they need, some may try to "hide"
their "extra" pieces and
some will just sit there looking confused.
After things settle down and most folks finish their
puzzle, the facilitator
will ask what just occurred which should stimulate some
good discussions. The
objective is to have everyone realize the original
statement was "this is a
team activity" at no time did the facilitator say each
group was the whole
team. Everyone on the team must work together or the
team will not have all the
pieces to complete their puzzle regardless of the
activity the team is
currently working on. We must all seek
information/assistance from other team members
AND give information/assistance to other team members.
Thanks to Elaine Royer