Get three glasses and a piece of paper and put them on a flat surface. Now get someone interested in your challenge.
Changing the nature of something simple to solve a problem is often fun, and it’s what 'thinking outside the box' is all about. Try this out with simple household supplies.
Do you think you can balance a glass on top of a piece of paper resting between these two other glasses?
Give them some time to figure it out. When they don’t, reveal a simple solution.
We’ve got all the correct materials in front of us, they just need a bit of leftfield thinking.
Take the piece of paper and fold it up into a concertina shape. This will make the paper sturdier.
Now place the glass on top of the paper, balanced between the glasses.
- On paper, this is a great idea.
- It’s not the pen, but the paper, that’s mightier than the sword.
- Take a page out of my book and try it out for yourself.
You can always win the bet by pushing the glasses together, turning them over so the bottoms face upwards. Place the paper on top, but resting the third glass on top of the other glasses.
Not as creative as folding and reformatting the paper, but still another solution.
What happens if I fill the glasses with water?
Is life all about balance?
Do you know any other cool balancing acts?
- When you want to get people thinking outside of the box.
- When you demonstrate that balance is the key.
- When you want to win a free drink at the pub.
- team building events
- socializing at the pub
- cocktail parties
- Some drinking glasses and a piece of paper
- Find a flat surface and place the glasses down and you are ready to roll, er, fold.
- You should be a balancing maestro in no time.
- Don’t break the glasses.
Do It Yourself (DIY)
three drinking classes and an A4 sheet of paper
every house and office should have drinking glasses, and paper is, well, paper
don’t break any of your glasses and this one will be with you forever
time to impact time to impact
pretty much there and then
size of audience size of audience
one-on-one or a small group
possible health risk possible health risk
we all need balance in our lives
reusable how many times you can use it
training needed training needed
get the balance right, again