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|Spoons - a lateral thinking game|
When to use "spoons".
I use this brief exercise if the group's energy is a bit low or if we have been doing intense work and a bit of light relief would help. It may also help a group that is working mechanically to be more creative. It will work best in groups of six to twelve people.
Guidance for facilitators.
This can be an intensely frustrating game for people, usually very intelligent people, who don't get it. If you judge the frustration level is getting too high, then drop a few gentle hints like saying you are in two minds about whether the "spoons" are crossed or uncrossed while crossing and uncrossing your legs!
It is certainly time to do this if people are laughing at the person who is stuck rather than with him or her.
When you are done, you may want to have a brief discussion about lateral thinking and/or hear about the increasingly desperate hypotheses some people where imagining for the rule.
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