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Ripping Yarns

Ripping Yarns

Your challenge is to give responses that include ripping paper.

You will have 1 minute to think and 3 minutes to respond. You can ask the judges questions; however, time will continue. You cannot talk to each other at any time.

Your challenge is to give responses that include ripping paper.

Each of you has a sheet of paper. When it is your turn to respond you will rip off a piece from the sheet and say something about the paper or about ripping it. For example, you might say, “I used to like surfing but the rip tides were too fierce”

There are 35 tokens on the table. You will take turns in order. Before you give a response, you will place one of your tokens in the container.

You may give responses in any order. Before making a response you will place a token in the container. Each team member may make as many or as few responses as they wish.

You will be finished when response time ends or when you have used all of your response tokens.


Give each team member a sheet of copier paper.

Place 35 response tokens and a container within reach of the team.


You will receive 1 point for each common response and 5 points for each creative response.


When scoring overall creativity of the responses, consider originality, variety of responses, how the ripping or paper are incorporated, improvisation, etc.

Examples of Common Responses:

Statements that do not make sense.

Statements similar to previous ones.

General statements (for example, “Oh, well”).

Statements that are predictable.

Examples of Creative Responses:

Original, unexpected or humorous statements.

Incorporating the ripping in an interesting way e.g. creating sound effects, or incorporating other actions

Unusual or humorous comments about a previous response.

Puns or clever use of words.


Have the team video themselves.

Did the team use the ripping or paper creatively or follow along with their usual associations?

Did the team manage time well?

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