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What's in Your Closet?

What's in Your Closet?

Your challenge is to tell a story that incorporates items, found in your closet.

You will have 1 minute to think and discuss the problem and 5 minutes to respond. You may ask the judges questions; however, time will continue. You are not allowed talk to each other during response time.

Your challenge is to tell a story that incorporates these items (point to items).

The first team member will put a token in the container, select an item and give a response that starts the story. The next team member will put a token in the container, select a different item, give a response that adds to the story, and so on. For example, you could hold up this piece of wood (hold up wood) and say, “I found a hidden shelf in my closet.” The next team member could pick up the shoe and say, “It’s where I hide my shoes.”

Your team is not allowed to use the same item two times in a row and you are not allowed to damage any of the items.

Before making a response you will place a response 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.


Place the following items on a table: a watch, hat, shoe, shoelace, piece of wood (similar to shelving), sock, dress, small toy horse, small stuffed animal, sunglasses.

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


You will receive:

1 point for each common response

3 points for each creative response,

5 points for each highly creative response.

Responses will be judged on creativity and how well they add to the story.

You will receive 1 to 15 points for the overall creativity of your story.

When scoring overall creativity of the story, consider originality, variety of responses, how items are incorporated, improvisation, etc.

Examples of Common Responses:

Statements that do not make sense.

Statements not associated to the previous one.

Statements that are plausible but do not add to the story.

Statements similar to a previous one.

General descriptive statements (for example, “I’m wearing sunglasses”).

Statements that add to the story but are predictable.

Examples of Creative Responses:

Original, unexpected or humorous statements that continue the story.

Incorporating the item in an interesting way.

Statements that continue the story and allow an opportunity to change the story completely.

Statements that rhyme and continue the story.

Unusual or humorous comments about a previous response.

Puns, for example, putting the dress on the horse and referring to it as a “clothes horse.”

NOTE: Once a response is given, if the same or a very similar response is given, count it as common only. Do not interrupt the team. Time continues.


Have the team video themselves.

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

Did the team manage time well?

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