Even with the same information, different people have often a different perception. This “How Many Squares” exercise can be done as a quick ice breaker. It also demonstrates that perceptions differ from person to person.
- To understand the importance of considering the perceptions and opinions of other people.
- 5-10 minutes
- Newsprint paper
- Draw a large square on a sheet of newsprint. Then divide it into smaller squares as shown here:
- Ask the participants to count the total number of squares. Write down the various answers on the newsprint.
- The answers are likely to differ because some people will overlook some squares. The correct answer is 35.
Some guidelines for discussion
- Why do answers differ from one person to another?
- What does this teach us about the perceptions of other people?