The concept behind the activity
We wanted to create a flexible activity (literally and figuratively!) which lends itself to any learning intervention irrespective of its topic; one that is fun, high energy and with a reflection/review element that can be combined with it.
Facilitating the activity
On the edge: A ball is to be moved once around the outer edge of the FlyingCarpet. There and back again. A ball is to circle around all of the holes and then be brought back to the starting point. Contest: Both teams stand around and hold the FlyingCarpet in an alternating order (one participant from Team A, then one from Team B, then one from Team A, etc.). Team A has one minute to try to get the ball in one of the holes while Team B attempts to prevent them from doing so. They then swap over and Team B attempts to get the ball in one of the holes while Team A blocks. Bottom up: One participant is underneath the Carpet and tries to work out where the ball is. By quickly grabbing through one of the large holes, he or she attempts to get his or her hands on the ball and pull it back through the hole. The team holding the Carpet attempts to stop him or her from doing so. Marked: Some of the holes are masked from below with round, labelled facilitation cards. The ball is then to be transported from one of the newly created positions to the other.