Command task 12: Silent pairs

Equipment: Pairs of images/ photos printed on paper or card 

Time: 15 minutes

Where: Large indoor space

Aim: Complete the pairs game without talking

Benefit: Non-verbal communication, teamwork

Instructions: Mix up the pairs and lay them face down in a grid. Get the cadets to line up silently alongside the grid. One at a time they should take turns to turn over two cards. Matching pairs are removed from the grid, non-matching pairs turned back over. Gradually the cadets should realise that speed is better than spending a long time dithering and (nonverbally) arguing. 

Make it easier: Use fewer pairs

Make it harder: Time limits per turn