Participants use ropes to control a single writing pen held upright by a plastic disk resting on a large sheet of paper. As the participants pull the ropes, the disk slides around leaving behind a trail of ink from the pen. Even with a shared objective in mind, drawing as a team is difficult until the group learns how to work together. Once the lines of communication are running smoothly and everyone has a feel for how they influence the outcome, the group can draw effectively as if they are one.
This activity can be staged in many ways. Pre-designed templates can present the group with a winding path to follow or a maze to solve. If the objective is to write a word or a phrase or draw a shape or a company logo, planning, leadership and extra coordination are required. The paper sheet can be prepared in advance with cards half-hidden in slits so that when the pen reaches a card, a new topic of the day is revealed.
Instead of giving each other directions in the usual way (“up”, “down”, “left”, “right,” etc.), the participants are only allowed to use each other’s names (“A little more towards Anita and Rob!”). This is an unusual way of learning names that will set your workshop apart from anything the participants have seen before.
4–6 participants put on blindfolds. The others take the lead and verbally coordinate the drawing activity. The “blind” experience the importance of sharing essential information; the seeing discover just how much precise instructions help overall success.
SHARE THIS TOOL
Use it for a fun and easy kick off, learning names, activating the group, creating team spirit
Use it for communicating effectively and explicitly, motivating through information, generating trust
Use it for identifying interdependencies, adapting and synchronizing the actions of the parts to achieve system goals
Use it for focus on progress along a path toward a goal, realizing gains as skills improve, organizational learning
Use it for coordinating actions, cooperating and sharing responsibility
|Participants (min / optimal / max)||Time for Activity|
|6 / 10 / 30||15-30 mins|
|1 folding case made from solid beach wood,|
18 braided ropes (1.2 m x 3 mm, detachable),
10 printed maze sheets (16.5 x 23.4 in)1 pen,
1 detailed instructions manual
|3 x 5 ft (0.3 x 0.5 m)|
|23.75 x 16.5 x 3.75 in (60.3 x 41.9 x 9.5 cm)||15.2 lb (6.9 kg)|
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Sept 19, 2023
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Sept 12, 2023
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Jun 23, 2022
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Sept 27, 2022
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May 26, 2022
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Mar 24, 2022
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Mar 4, 2022
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April 13, 2022
Since I meet METALOG TOOLS everything changed. In terms of interaction, this kind of tools allow the expansion of dynamics, also facilitates the adoption of concepts and the evaluation of what is done in the workshops. The tools have a high, medium and low level of complexity, they are tailored to the participants and have a facilitation guide, this allows their proper use. In general terms, I recommend Metalog Tools as an ally in your training and education processes.
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Dec 17, 2021
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Dec 17, 2021
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Dec 13, 2021
These tools have transformed our training programs. Our participants are fully engaged and able to learn and retain the material naturally. For our facilitators, the ways we can use these tools are seemingly endless.
July 11, 2021
Metalog Tools achieve something that few other forms of training can: the ability to quickly tap into my customers’ visual and tactile senses, and utilize them for the learning process. I am so happy every time to see how, when I tailor the activity precisely to the needs of my customers, I can achieve deep and long-lasting learning, confident in the knowledge that my work is not just useful, but also great fun.
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