A round plate balances on a pedestal with wooden figurines spread out on top. The plate's balance shifts as teams of two remove the figurines, one turn at a time, until all of them are taken away and the plate is left resting level on the pedestal.
Each team consists of a “speaker” and a blindfolded “grabber”. The speaker directs the grabber’s hand with verbal instructions and feedback, without touching either the grabber or the figurines. Good communication and trust are essential because the plate is unstable and there is always the danger that it will tip over.
The teams must place the figurines, one turn at a time, until all figurines are on the plate. As an added challenge, they must avoid the “taboo zone” where no figurines are allowed.
The figurines are divided on the plate into four equal fields marked by tape. One turn at a time, each team must move all of the figurines from their assigned field to the one adjacent to them.
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|Participants (min / optimal / max)||Time for Activity|
|4 / 9 / 12||20-45 mins|
|1 round plate (birch wood with cork base), 1 pedestal (stainless steel and beech wood), 16 figurines (beech wood), 3 blindfolds, 1 set of instructions||10 sq. ft (1 sq. m)|
|28.3 x 3.5 x 28.7 in (71.9 x 8.9 x 72.9 cm)||18.7 lb (8.5 kg)|
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