How the Activity Works
The activity starts when participants enter the room. On entry, each participant has one of the pictures stuck to their back and is told not to discuss the pictures with anyone in the room.
Once all of the participants are in the room, the facilitator can explain the rules then start the activity.
The activity is quite simple in theory, though not always simple in practice. The participants have two objectives:
- They need to discover what the picture on their own back is, and
- With that knowledge they need to identify and pair up with the individual who has their partner image.
The trick is that the participants, obviously, cannot move their own pictures and the are only allowed to ask yes and no questions about their picture to discover what it is.
The way this activity usually works in practice is that the participants find someone to speak to, show them their image, then ask them a series of yes no questions until they guess correctly what their image is.
In some instances participants might get part way through guessing their picture with one partner, then move on to another. Ideally, a fair bit of circulation takes place. It’s possible to ensure this by modifying the rules to say that participants can only ask one question of each person that they speak to.
The activity ends once everyone taking part in the activity has found their partner.