|By Joe Bouchard|
The following is an installment in "Icebreakers 101 - Volume IX: UNDAMMING THE ICE", a series featuring "Ice Breaker's" designed to promote training awareness and capabilities in the corrections industry.
Behold the simplicity of a wooden block! It has six sides and is of simple construction. Most of us played with these as children. With letters and numbers on the side, they are figuratively and literally a fundamental of early childhood education.
And some of these shapes follow us into adulthood, though in a modified form. Dice, a gift from Near East civilizations, are a cube of sorts. So, too, are the rectangular Jenga from the Hasbro company.
Here is some information from Jenga.com accessed on September 12, 2017:
“Jenga is a game of physical and mental skill. Built on the simple premise of stacking blocks, Jenga engages players of all ages, across all cultures. Jenga's success rests on its solid play value. Players take turns to remove a block from a tower and balance it on top, creating a taller and increasingly unstable structure as the game progresses."
There are 54 blocks that are rectangular in shape. The blocks are a few inches wide and made of wood. In playing this game, I have found that a spirit of friendly competition comes to the fore. More spirited games in which I have participated feature all parties playfully heckling others to topple the tower.
(Please note that this is not a commercial. Still, to give credit where credit is due, the game Jenga is a useful tool in training when employed the following way.)
Another element of competition comes in the form of answering questions. This is where the blocks come in.
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