Leprechaun’s Gold

very similar to big stick, check metaphor ending based on what is written in the introduction.

Changed Metaphor to transfer of learning

Group Size: Resources:
  • 3 to 8 participants
  • Split into multiple groups as needed
  • One small item per participant to seek
  • A marked out playing area, preferably with varied terrain to block line of sight

Game Play

Objective: Work together to find the treasure as fast as possible.

  • Decide how many participants you want searching in the first round (the seekers), and that will determine how many objects or treasures you will hide.
    • Move the group out of sight so they can’t watch you hide the treasure.
  • Establish a starting point.
  • Bring the seekers to the starting point and tell them it is a race to find one of the treasures and bring it back.
  • With each successive round, increase the challenge of finding their treasure.
Additions & Alternatives:

– Give each seeker a specific treasure to find.

– Time how long it takes for the seekers to find their treasure, this can be as an individual or as a group.

Team Challenges:

Pair off participants as a seeker and helper(s). With each round or pairing, decrease the amount of help the seeker can receive.

– To start, the helper can search with the seeker, but the seeker must be the one to pick up the treasure and return it to the start.

– The helper can know the locations of the treasure and can give directions from the starting point.

– In any version, increase difficulty by removing means of communication. Only allow the helper to say yes or no, or eliminate sound altogether and only allow gestures. Maybe you encode what the helper says, such as they say the opposite of where they want the seeker to go. If the ground is clear and safe, maybe blindfold the seeker and allow the helper to guide them by touch or by sound. Maybe the helper can call from where the treasure is or maybe they can only shout directions from the start. The seeker and helper could be given conflicting goals about being the fastest of collecting the most treasures.

– You can also decrease the physical ability of the seeker and helper for additional challenges. Depending on the size and shape of the treasure, you may only use one hand or only your fists or elbows or knees. Perhaps you have to work together to pick up the treasure because you each only have one arm.

– Anything that can make it harder for the pair to find the treasure will work, let you imagination run!

– You can also give different seekers/ pairs different levels of difficulty each round.

Transfer of Learning

This game can be a lot of fun and an opportunity for some teamwork. I structured the game to focus around different forms of communication. I thought the game could be framed as an exercise in goal setting and how receiving help can make it easier to reach your goals. It could also be a chance to explore inequality with different seekers receiving different amounts of help. You could even give the helper and seeker different goals or restrictions to open a discussion about overcoming differences in communication styles or values. The game could just be an energizer and a chance to run around searching for treasure like a treat or extra privileges. It is up to you, the facilitator, to decide if the game is right for your group and at what depth should you frame it.

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