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This activity highlights the benefits of working collaboratively in a group. Four or more individuals are given the task of stacking as many cups as possible in 45 seconds. They are then asked to work together as a team to do the same. They manage many more as a group than they did when combining their joint individual scores. This also highlights the fact that as individuals mould as a group, a leader usually emerges who organises its members. This can be a great effect if it is managed. This also highlights the disadvantage of groups dynamics when not all members pull their weight; the stronger members are often more productive when working on their own.
This can be played by 2 or more players. The object of the game is to get your cup from your starting point to the end of the circle of players by learning a complicated rhythm. You start off with your cup in your hand and follow the rhythm of all of the players. Each time the beat stops you pass the cup in your hand to the player on your right. By the second time you play you will be playing with the cup of the player on your left. When done successfully, the players will see how working together created a wonderful harmony and synergy. This can also be played to music, where slower music enables the team to practice slowly and faster music encourages a faster performance. To learn to do this, follow these links
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