Lego Exercise Purpose: To enable participants to be involved in a conflict. Look at the reactions they had to the situation and the strategies used to solve the conflict. Duration: Group time: 15 minutes Debrief time: 5 min Material: The following materials are required: 1. You will require a bag of Lego for every 5 participants. The bag of Lego needs to have six white blocks that are two points wide and 4 points long, and 10 red blocks that are two points wide and 4 points long. These are called 8 point blocks Example of a 2 point wide and 4 point long block. This is called an 8 point block. The rest of the Lego about 20 pieces can be any type of piece. The bag of Lego should have about 35 – 40 pieces in total 2. You will require and envelope for every 5 participants. In the envelope will be 5 pieces of paper. On each piece of paper will be an instruction for the participant to follow. The 5 separate instructions are as follows: a. You and ONLY you are the tower builder. Do not under any circumstances let any other member of your group put pieces together. b. You will insist that the base must be red. The base must be two blocks wide and made of 8 point blocks. c. You must ensure that the tower is 11 stories high. The base must be two blocks wide and made with 8 point blocks d. You must ensure that after the base the next 6 floors are white and one block wide and made with eight point blocks. e. You must ensure that the floors 8 to 11 be the same colour as the base and be two blocks wide and be made with 8 point blocks. Instructions: 1. place participants in groups of 5, if you have extra people ask for some volunteers to be observers or make a couple of groups of four. 2. give each group a bag of Lego and ask them to open the bag and organize the Lego anyway they wish 3. Hold up the envelopes and tell the groups that in each envelope there are 5 pieces of paper. You will be giving one piece of paper to each member of the group. They can read what is on the paper and the must do exactly what the piece of paper states. Tell them under no circumstances do you want them to deviate from what is on the piece of paper. If you have a group of 4 tell them one person will be getting two pieces of paper. 4. Inform the group that this is a non verbal exercise so they can not talk once we start. 5. Tell the group you are about to hand out the pieces of paper. Tell them once the get their piece of paper they can not show it to anyone. They are to read it and if they have any questions they should come up and ask you so other group members can not here. 6. Go to each group and open up the envelope you have with the instructions for the group. Hand out one piece of paper to each member. If there is a obvious leader in the group or someone that is outgoing give them the piece of paper with the “a” instructions. If you have 4 in a group give the one person instructions “b” and “c”. 7. Ask if anyone has any questions and remind them not to share the instructions and that they can not talk. 8. Tell them to go and start timing 2 – 3 minutes 9. After 2 – 3 minutes stop the groups and tell them they can now talk to each and verbally tell each other what there needs are (what there instructions are) 10. Once a group has a tower they should show it to you and you can confirm whether they are done or not. 11. The exercise is completed when the groups have completed the tower. If one group is having a lot of difficulty you can give hints. Instructions for Debriefing: 1. Have the participants who were the tower builders (“a” instructions) come up to the front of the room. 2. Ask group members what there original thoughts were about these people before they could communicate. You typically get responses like selfish, mean, and destructive. 3. Ask the group if the thoughts changed once they could communicate their needs. You typically get yes they could work with them once they could understand them.