This exercise is a whole ton of fun! It can be a great break exercise, but it also serves a purpose, quite a few actually:
+ Helps to take the mind of the current issue.
+ Introduces a little bit of fun.
+ Taps into the kid-like approach.
This exercise can be used at any moment if you want to introduce a short creative break or illustrate the idea of creativity.
Elephant in the Room
- Tool goal: sprak creativity, loosen up the atmosphere
- No of participants: 1 facilitator; groups no limit
- Time needed: max. 15 minutes
- Supplies needed: A4 sheets of paper
- Each participant receives a piece of paper (A4 works best, it really shouldn’t be smaller).
- Holding the paper, ask the participants to put their hands behind their backs.
- The task is to tear out an elephant from the paper, without looking.
* This is not easy, and usually, what comes out are strange blobs with uneven edges, but that’s perfectly ok! It’s fun to try and do it best you can!
As a result…
- Your participants have a break for any brain-heavy stuff they were doing.
- It can give inspiration and steer any ideation into a new direction.
- Usually, because you can only get a vaguely-shaped blob, there is laughter and everyone relaxes.
- It activates different part of the brain, so more power is generated.