Card Organizing

Type of strategy: Group ManagementMovement

Use to mix people into groups, help stretch and move, or make a point about collaboration.


  1. Distribute playing cards 2-9 (by suit if possible) to each table.  Place them face down.
  2. Participants each take a card and (without looking at the card) place it on their foreheads. 
  3. Now people are instructed to organize themselves by number, without talking.  This is easily accomplished, and the group is ready to hear the next instruction.

Once the group has become a line, it is easy to subdivide the group by number or assign individual numbers with a role: “recorder” “timekeeper” etc.

Submitted by: Jennifer Arns