Using the Risk Taking Notes & Connection Cards
In the back of this book, you will find the Connection Cards and Risk Taking Notes. These cards provide you with two tools that can help establish an atmosphere of teamwork in your group and aid in debriefing an activity or experience. These cards are also great ice breakers for the beginning of a day together. The most effective way to use these cards is to photocopy or cut them out. To start your activity, choose one of the decks of cards:
After you have chosen your deck of cards, place them in a bag. Have each member of the group choose a Toobeez piece and then sit in a circle, either in chairs or on the floor.
Place one Toobeez tube connected to one ball in the middle of the circle. Then have one person pull a card from the bag. Have that person read the card and share their ideas about the quote or story. When finished, have the person connect their Toobeez piece to the Toobeez in the middle of the circle. Only the person who is connecting his or her piece to the structure in the middle of the circle can speak; everyone else should listen and give the person speaking their full attention. The person then puts his or her card back in the bag, and the next person chooses a card from the bag and continues the process.
After everyone has had the chance to share, return to those people who passed and see if they would like to share now. Then point out the structure in the middle of the circle and say, “Thank you for sharing your thoughts, feelings and ideas. This structure represents….” and fill in what it represents based on which activity you are using. If this is a general activity, then you can say the structure represents what teamwork looks like or that it symbolizes the group’s work together. Then describe what you see or ask the group to describe how this structure represents your work together. Encourage the group and point out that thinking in new ways can make us more effective as a team and as individuals.
These cards provide fun and meaningful ways to bring the lessons of these teambuilding experiences back to your everyday work with your children, teens or adults.