If you are searching for a fun activity and the only thing you have in store is a tarp, well, don’t worry, here is a solution for you!
Name of the activity: The tarp
Duration: 15 minutes
Preferred location: outside is recommended but the activity can also be done inside.
Working method: learning by doing and teamwork (at least 5 people per group).
Purpose (expected impact, outcomes): improving communication in small groups, improving teamwork, improving problem solving.
– put a tarp on the ground;
– after the members of the group are all on the tarp, they will have 10 minutes to fold the tarp as many times as possible;
– while folding the tarp the participants can’t touch the ground;
– if one participant touches the ground they will have to start the process from the beginning.
Debriefing: after the activity you can also ask if they came up with a strategy and how they decided it.
Possible alternatives, changes for different circumstances: if you have more groups you can also put a higher time limit and make a competition out of it. For instance, the groups can have first 10 minutes to try, afterwards, 5 minutes to come up with a group strategy, when the 5 minutes are over, each group will have 3 attempts and the group who folded the tarp more times wins. In addition, you can ask them to turn the tarp upside down, while standing on it and not touch it with their hands.