by email@example.com | Aug 24, 2020 | Coaching, Creativity, Influence, Interests, Learning Activity
Rummikub is a tiled game for 2 to 4 players, pronounced as ‘Rummy-Cube’.
It was created by Ephraim Hertzano, a Romanian Jew, who wanted to replace the traditional card games with colour cubes. Hence, if you are familiar with the Rummy card game, you will find it easy to learn how to play Rummikub. Oh yes, some even call Rummikub the American-style Mahjong.
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- 104 tiles of 4 colours (orange, red, blue, black)
- Each colour has 2 tiles of each number, and the numbers range from 1 to 13.
- The last 2 pieces are the wild tiles, also known as the Joker tiles.
- Every player gets 14 tiles at the start of the game.
- The first move of each player begins with placing a valid set(s) of at least 3 tiles on the table. It could be a sequence of tiles of the same colour and in increasing order OR a group of tiles of different colour and the same number. To increase the level of difficulty, the first move of each player must fulfil the earlier requirement AND that exceed a value of at least 30 points.
- If players are unable to play their first move, they draw 1 tile from the draw pile and pass their turn. This repeats until the player is able to play out their first move
- Once players make their first move, they could either make a new set(s) with the same criteria as (2) or make manipulations on existing sets. Players need to draw the number of tiles that they have passed out during their move.
- Types of manipulations
5.1 adding tiles to the existing set(s)
5.2 split existing set to create a new set; each set has at least 3 tiles
5.3 the joker tile can be used to substitute any other tile
5.4 replace the joker tile with the valid number and use it for another set. note that you cannot keep the joker tile for the next move
5.5 players can rearrange the tiles to dispose of more of his/her tiles. similarly, you cannot keep the tiles for the next move
- Play continues until a player clears all the tiles. This player is the winner.
- If no more tiles are in the draw pile, the play continues until a player clears all the tiles. This player is the winner.
- If no valid plays are possible, the player with the least number of remaining tiles is the winner.
These are the few different version of Rummikub in the marketplace. Rummikub can also be found online. You can find the official Rummikub app and Rummy available on Android and iOS.
Rummikub is a brain burner. It develops the working memory and logical thinking; it reinforces STEM skills like sequencing, pattern recognition, planning and decision making.
Rummikub is also a good activity for reinforcing social lessons; playing as a team, learning to be a good sport, turn-taking, and how to lose gracefully. I bet you will still be talking about the fun after the game!
Related: Why Learning Through Play is Effective (and Fun!)
If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.
by firstname.lastname@example.org | Jul 22, 2020 | Coaching, Creativity, Influence, Interests
Tangram is an ancient Chinese puzzle from the Song Dynasty.
The 7-piece puzzle is made up of three shapes, namely
- 1 square
- 1 parallelogram
- 5 triangles, coming in 3 different sizes
The objective of the activity to rearrange the puzzle pieces to form figures and all the pieces just be used without overlapping.
Tangrams are simple shapes combined to create complex pictures. Tangram could be used as a team-building activity tool for adults, to promote the benefits of effective communication, spatial awareness, collaboration, coaching, problem-solving, time management and teamwork.
The brain teaser activity could be divided into various levels of challenge that each team could embark on. Following are some weblinks where Tangrams are used as a learning activity for adults
Tangram is also a good alternative for charade or taboo.
Level 1 Tangram Challenge
At this level, there will be at least 1 or 2 shapes that stands-out in the figure.
Simple Debrief Question: How difficult was the activity for you? What communication challenges did you experience?
Level 2 Tangram Challenge
At this level, instead of completing the tangram puzzle independently. It would be a team activity.
Thought-provoking Debrief Question: Was it more difficult for you to communicate a design to your partner or to build the design that was communicated to you?
Level 3 Tangram Challenge
Option 1: Recreate the Tangram figures.
Option 2: Create your own Tangram figures!
Creativity is Intelligence having FUN!
by email@example.com | Jun 22, 2020 | Coaching, Creativity, Influence, Interests
Nurturing and encouraging creativity is no longer something we do for our children. In fact, the complexity of problem-solving of today demands a shift from critical thinking to a good blend of critical and creative thinking, so that we could introduce more effective solutions.
Imagination is the door to possibilities. The first step is to take ourselves from the linear approach to life and embrace learning through play. I know that sounds very kiddish to many adults, but I encourage you to be more open-minded and take on the challenge!
We would like to introduce you to a Wooden Puzzle Game call Babylon. This activity can be played alone or with a team of people.
2 coloured dice
7 4-dice building blocks: blue, brown, green, orange, purple, yellow, red
2 3-dice building blocks: black, white
(refer to the picture on the right)
1. Roll the two coloured dice and remove the two coloured building blocks shown on the eyes of the dice (example: remove red & green)
2. Assemble the remaining 7 building blocks into a 3-by-3 PUZZLE CUBE.
If you are playing with a team of people. Players take turns to roll the dice and everyone will complete his/her puzzle cube independently. The winner either earns a point, a prize or a reward. Have FUN!
Creativity is contagious. Pass it on!