Name Grid is a quick reaction word game that fosters communication between the groups. This game only takes a few minutes to play, but is sure to bring out excitement in your participants.
4 people per group
- One piece of A4 sized paper per group
- One pen per group
About 10 minutes
1. Each group has to draw grids where they will have to write the first four letters of their first names in those grids one below another. Example:
2. Each team will have three minutes to write down words that can be formed by only the letters in the grid.
3. The letters do not have to be in a straight line but they have to be joining either horizontally, vertically, diagonally. In the example above, you could form the words: VINE, MANE, JIVE, DAM and so on.
4. When the time is up, each team adds up their points for each word they have found. You can use the following as their score sheet:
3 letter words = 1 point
4 letter words = 2 points
5 letter words = 3 points
6 letter words = 4 points
5. The group with the most points at the end of three minutes is the winner.
6. Tip: In order to make this game even more competitive and the participants more involved, you can consider giving them an attractive prize.
- What were some of the emotions you felt in those three minutes?
- Was there a particular person that immediately took the pen, or was it a democratic process and you guys decided together?
- In the midst of excitement we often get extremely task oriented and focus on everything it takes to achieve the victory; however sometimes, you will have relationships strained because of words spoken on impulse or in the heat of the moment.
- How did you and your team mates react when the prize was announced and you knew that everyone was going to do their best? What was your internal dialogue? Did you tell yourself “We can win this!” or did you simply say,”I don’t think we’ll win; there’s too many groups.”
- Our reaction determines how we choose to face high tension situations in our lives: either head-on with courage, or we back down and hope that things will work out fine.
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