52 Answers (52 Atbildes)

Duration: 15+ min
Number of players: 1+ player/s
Materials/ Tools needed: Metaphoric cards “52 Answers”
Publisher: www.52pakapieni.lv
Language: Language independent
Links: https://www.52pakapieni.lv/katalogs/item/52atbildes/

Short description

“52 Answers” – are 52 drawings are the reflections of your thoughts. These cards are not a miracle cure or tools for sortilege or fortune telling. No tricks – just you and your mind. It is all about the fact that we are completely different and with our own unique perceptions, associations, experience and convictions.Use these associative cards as they carry hidden details that will help you to find ”out of the box” solutions. Go for it!

Educational value/ Learning Objectives

These cards will be useful:

  • to anybody seeking answers for themselves;
  • for teams to get feedback;
  • in communication with children to help them articulate some experience, bright emotional moment or some ”uncomfortable” topic;
  • in a party as a way to get to know each other;
  • in coaching sessions for finding client’s resources;
  • for wonderful fairy tale evenings with family using the drawings to create your own story.

Recommendations for use

  • Define a question/situation to what you will be looking for answers/solutions now  and pick a random card or the drawing that ”speaks to you”.
  • What do you see? Putting emotions aside tell what exactly you see in the card. Name facts, possible emotions of the objects in the drawing, colors, layout or how things are intertwined. Do not yet interpret what you see, just say what you see in the card.
  • What is it about? Define your description as a metaphor so that it answers the question: ”What in your opinion do the things you said before symbolize?” or ”what do you think this card is about?” Now is the time for interpretation but not for solving your situation. The metaphor must be general and it should not give a clear and direct answer to your question.
  • How could it be connected to your question? Finally – answer the question: ”How is your metaphor connected to your question?” Start to interpret adding various metaphor related answers to your question. Not all answers will fit you and not all you will like, so carry on interpreting until you come up with at least 3 acceptable answers.
  • When you have found answers that resonate with you and you feel you want to explore them more then prioritize them, write them down and start to prepare your action plan by making a list of all the things you could possibly do already today/ this week/ this month to solve your issue. 

Tips and Tricks for Facilitators 

How to adapt game for different groups, topics, occasions/needs

Cards can be used also as icebreakers, for example, put one card on each chair and let participants find a place to sit according to their mood. Then explain the mood they chose. Instead of mood, there can be any other question connected to the topic. 

For increasing creativity. Tell your own stories or fairy tales, by choosing 3 cards. Next person can continue the story with another 3 cars. 

You can also draw the story, by putting a card in the center of a big paper. Continue to draw to the right, left, up and down. 

Feedback questions

How was the activity?
What was the most challenging?
What did you enjoy the most?

Further discussion topics



Personal goalsLifelong learning