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To keep everyone engaged, this activity works best for groups of up to 12, split into smaller teams of three to six. You can, however, use this activity with larger groups if you have plenty of space and blocks. Split the group into two teams, Team A and Team B. Team A begins by building a structure out of blocks. While this is being done, take Team B to a location where they cannot see or hear Team A. As Team A is building the structure, they must write instructions on how to build their structure, because once it’s completed, the challenge for Team B will be to rebuild Team A’s structure based on the written instructions alone. After completion of the original structure, Team A takes the written instructions along with the blocks necessary to build an identical structure to Team B. After Team B has completed their structure, have someone from Team A bring the original structure to Team B for comparison. Mid-Activity Discussion Questions 1. How accurate is Team B’s structure? 2. How helpful were the written instructions? 3. What worked? What didn’t? 172 THE BIG BOOK OF CONFLICT-RESOLUTION GAMES Now it is Team B’s turn. The process is repeated with Team B as the builders and instruction-writers and Team A as the rebuilders. The structures are compared again to see if the teams were able to improve the second time after lessons learned during the first round. Tips Depending on the group, you may choose to stipulate that a certain number of blocks be used (require they use all 15 blocks, for example). You may also want to mention that simply stacking one block on top of another is not permitted. The structure has to be able to stand on its own without toppling over. Discussion Questions 1. How well did the other team follow your instructions? 2. How difficult was it to see the other team struggle with your instructions? 3. Can you give examples of other situations similar to this one? 4. How did your team’s perception differ from the other team’s perception? 5. What did you change during round two? 6. In what ways did this increase the understanding? 7. What did you learn?