Flip The Blanket Empowerment Activity for Career Girls Problem Solving Empowerment Video. A green and white folded soft blanket.

Flip The Blanket

Flip The Blanket

Topic: Solving Problems

Empowerment Video: Problem Solving

Basic Supplies:

  • A blanket or tarp large enough for 6-8 students to stand on, enough for one per group

Video Discussion:

Ask, “When faced with a problem, what do you do?”

Direct students to turn and talk to a partner. Then, bring the class together to discuss their ideas.

Tell students that there are often many ways to solve a problem. Problem-solving skills are important because everyone will eventually encounter problems and challenges at school, at home, and in their careers.

After watching the video Problem Solving, ask your students the following questions:

  • What are some strategies the role models recommended for solving problems?
  • Why do you think it is important to have strong problem-solving skills?
  • If you are stuck when trying to solve a problem, what might you try?

Activity Instructions:

Students will be working in small groups to solve a challenging problem. This activity promotes teamwork and requires problem-solving skills.

  1. Divide students into groups of 6-8.
  2. Give each group a blanket or tarp and direct them to stand on it.
  3. Tell groups that the goal of the activity is to flip their blankets over without stepping off of them.
  4. Explain the rules of “Flip the Blanket”.
    a. All group members must stand on the blanket for the entirety of the activity.
    b. At no point can any group member place any part of their body onto the floor.
    c. Optional: The first group to completely flip their blanket over is the winner.
  5. Direct students to work with their teammates to flip their blankets over. Circulate to assist as necessary.
  6. Use some or all of the following questions to close the activity:
    a. What strategy did your team choose? Why?
    b. Could you have successfully completed this activity working independently? Why or why not?
    c. What parts of the activity went well? What parts were challenging? Why?