Classify This

Lots of different yellow objects
Collect at least 20 different objects and put them in the middle of a table or on the floor. The wider the selection, the better. (You can take office supplies, jewellery, toys, game pieces, and so on.)

The goal is to collect items that, at first glance, have no apparent connection.

Break the team into groups, giving each group a pen and a sheet of paper. Instruct them to classify the objects into four groups, writing down the groupings on their sheet of paper. They should not let the other groups hear what they are doing.

When the time is up, a spokesperson for each group reveals how they classified the objects and why. Reasons might vary, from the function of the object to how it looks or the material it is made of.

Purpose: This activity promotes teamwork and creative thinking. It also encourages the team to rethink how they view everyday objects. People are forced to look for commonalities in otherwise unconnected objects. This leads to a discussion on how to find solutions to problems that seem wholly unrelated.

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