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Magic carpet

You’re hovering on a magic carpet, when you realise it’s upside down. Can you find the solution and flip it over without anyone falling off?

You will need

  • A sheet, tarpaulin, rug, or blanket (big enough for around six payers to stand on) for each team

Play the game

  1. Split into teams of up to six people, and give each team a sheet. This is their magic carpet. Everyone should help anyone who’s new to join in.
  2. Each team should get into a space, and lay out their magic carpet. Once their carpet is ready, the team should jump aboard and get ready to go.
  1. Now each team is hovering, the person leading the game should check they’re all ready to fly… and notice that all of the teams have got their carpets the wrong way up.
  2. Teams need to work together to flip their magic carpet over, so that the side facing the floor faces the sky. No one can step off the carpet, as they’re already in the air.
  3. The person leading the game should let each team try to figure the puzzle out for themselves. After a while, they can start giving hints using the solution provided.

The solution

Teams might find other ways to complete the challenge – but this is one solution.

  1. Take hold of one corner of the sheet (the bottom left corner if viewed from above).
  2. Drag it over the top of the sheet – so that the side of the sheet that was on the left is now at the top.
  3. This edge should stick out above the square of folded over sheet, so that there’s a strip where only a single layer of sheet is touching the floor.
  4. Everyone should move to stand on this strip of single layered sheet.
  5. Slowly and carefully, untuck the sheet so it’s no longer folded over. The whole carpet should now be the right way up.

Reflection

To complete this challenge, you needed to be a team player. Did you work well with others in your team? Did you listen to each other? Did you all have the same goal? What happened if some people disagreed? Did you sometimes have to put the team before what you wanted? Did you have to encourage others, or be patient with them?

To turn the magic carpet over, you also had to problem solve. Did you take time to understand the problem before you tried to solve it? Did you have a plan? Did you solve it first time, or did you have to try a few different solutions? What was the most difficult part?

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.