Shoes with Laces / Sweater or Jacket
Have the group split into pairs. One person in the pair will give directions and the other will follow. Each pair should have one pair of shoes with laces or a sweater or sweatshirt. The individual giving directions is responsible for teaching his or her partner how to tie a bow or put the garment on. The individual receiving directions must follow his or her partner’s directions exactly as they are stated, acting as if this is a completely new concept. For example, if a participant asks his or her partner to make a loop with the right shoe lace, the partner can respond by stating that he or she does not know how to make a loop or by making a loop that is inappropriately sized. This activity reminds participants that people require specific directions and guidelines in order to be successful.