Time: 30 – 60 min.
- 4 Concrete blocks or equivelent.
- 1 very strong 4×4 or 2×4 board 8 feet in length.
- 1 very strong 4×4 or 2×4 board 6 feet in length.
The blocks need to be carefully placed otherwise the activity will not be that difficult.
- 8 feet.
- 8 feet.
- 8 feet.
- 6 feet.
Blocks are islands in a sea of hot lava. The team must use the blocks and the two boards, which serve as bridges to the islands, to get the entire group from the starting line to the finish line.
1) The initiative starts when the entire team and all the boards are behind the starting line.
2) If any team member touches the hot lava the entire team and all the boards must start over again behind the starting line.
3) If any board touches the lava it burns up and must be brought back behind the starting line before the team can use it again.
4) The team may only use the blocks and boards to complete the initiative.
5) The team successfully completes the initiative when the entire team and all the boards cross the finish line – with no lava touches by people or boards.
- Due to the length of the boards and the spacing of the blocks there is only one way to successfully complete this initiative.
- Notice in the “Basic Layout” diagram: boards 1 & 2 must be in a T, connecting blocks 2, 3 & 4 – this is the only way the team can successfully complete the initiative.
- What made you succeed?
- How important was communication?
- How did we perform as a team? Focused, scattered, excellent?
- Were all ideas listened to? Why or why not?
- Who are the problem solvers and thinkers? Who are leaders?
The block and board initiative is an intellectual challenge. Teams must use their problem solving skills to figure out how the boards fit. Facilitators must explain the rules very clearly so that groups can use all their resources to their advantage, yet not break any rules. The teams “thinkers” and “problem solvers” will emerge and facilitators can challenge team leaders to delegate responsibilities and use the strengths of the team to succeed. This is a great initiative for teams with individuals who have great ideas, but don’t speak up or share them with the team. A facilitator can point out ideas that were mentioned but never followed through… ask why, talk about how to listen to all voices and ideas…and how to speak up and be heard.
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