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Form teams of four to six participants. Give each team six plastic cups. Set the cups on work tables, upside down, with space between them.
Challenge the teams to build a pyramid of cups without touching the cups or any other participants. Then give each team the rubber bands you have prepared with strings.
Teams will discover that with each member pulling and relaxing their string in cooperation with the other members, the will be able to stretch and manipulate the rubber band to pick up and move the plastic cups.
For a greater challenge, encourage the teams to complete the task without talking.
After all teams have managed to stack the cups into pyramids or time is almost up, take a few minutes to reflect on this activity as a group. Consider:
If any participant is unable to manipulate their string to help their team, they can give verbal instructions to the team while the others remain silent and obey the commands. Do not change the game mid-stream to make such an accommodation. Rather, start out with a rule that each team must have one person lead with verbal instructions while the others follow.
Some children may want to shoot the rubber bands or play with them inappropriately. Minimize temptation by holding on to all the rubber bands until the teams are ready to begin the game, and collecting them immediately afterward. If a child misuses a rubber band, ask the child to sit out the rest of the game so others can enjoy playing it.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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