We came back during this week and went back to the shop owner to get the rest of the pipes. Unfortunately he wasn’t willing to give us 1 meter pipes and then take them back when we’re done with the project. The only solution was to buy them and that was way off our budget. We told him we won’t take them and started to think of another plan. Our maze idea will not work out. It will be over our budget if we buy the pipes and it will be a waste since we needed around 200. Also, before going to the shop owner, we had a meeting and it was mentioned that everyone in class should participate. We didn’t consider everyone in our class which was another mistake.
After leaving the shop, our group sat down together to brainstorm ideas for a new game. We thought we could still incorporate the strings in a way, balloons and the pipes. We wanted to make a rank made of 1 meter pipes. Each side will be 3 meters. It will be covered with black cloth and inside will be the strings that they have to go through to find balloons. We will split our class into 4 groups. Once they come in the atrium, each will take a paper from a jar and the paper will tell them to go to a table with the green vinyl or blue vinyl or orange vinyl or yellow vinyl. There will be 5 members in a group. We still did not think of the roles of each member.
We had another meeting during the week. Half of our rank was set up and we had to go back to the shop to get some more 1 meter pipes for the other half. We discussed our new idea and then we had to think of many other things. We were just thinking of how we will build our game. We weren’t thinking of the instructions and what will the winner get? How long will it take? What are the roles of each member? How will they know where to stand? Will we have coloured balloons in each corner of the rank for the player to know where to stand? Where is the entrance? So many questions and things to consider. So far there was no individual work in our group. We were doing everything together like brainstorming ideas. If anyone had additional things to add we would discuss it in our WhatsApp group or whenever we meet again.
We went on a trip together to get the rest of the pipes. Also, black cloth from the materials shop and balloons from the grocery shop. Al Jazzi suggested that at this point we should split the work. Al Jazzi and Aya would set up the rank, stick the cloth all around and have the strings inside ready. Star and I were working digitally. We had to worry about the instructions, the banner with the name of our game, the papers that tell each player what team they are in when they come in the atrium. In addition, the sentences that are going to be about teamwork. The sentences are the ones they will have to contrast in the game. We were all thinking of the music we would have throughout the game and the prize in the end.
Star and I created those tiny cards that will go in a jar. Each player will take one when they walk in the atrium.
We also designed the instructions card. We thought of an idea at first of having a stencil of the boy. We didn’t want the stencil to be printed. We wanted to spray directly on the instruction card and then also have a stencil of the balloon behind the walking boy. Star suggested we use some thick paper when we print our instructions. We then both decided to have this thick paper for the instruction card as well as the tiny cards above. We did not go for the stencil idea but we designed something else that was very similar.
We are going to pick one from the two instruction cards below:
Tried printing on the thick paper:
We did not show the instructions to Aya and Al Jazzi because we wanted them to read it when it was printed out. We printed one copy as shown above so we can choose between the two. We all liked the stencil on the left. Also, after they read the instructions, it was mentioned that step two and step four were a bit difficult to understand. Star and I went back to the file and tried changing it up. Also, we will be adding a box on the top right explaining the roles of each player.
We then moved on to the poster or banner we will put up with the name of our game. We were searching for a bubbly typeface and it was difficult to find one.
A typeface similar to this:
We eventually both found two typefaces. We decided that each one of us will try out a typeface and then we’ll pick the one that looks better.
First typeface that I tried:
Second typeface that Star tried:
We decided to pick the typeface Star found.
Those are the final instructions, finals cards we’ll have in the jar and the sentences that each team must construct.
Our last couple of days we were trying to get as much done as possible. We decided that we would not have the string in the rank and instead just have so many balloons. Each team will take their coloured balloons only. The 2 hunters will be inside the rank, the messenger will have a path outside the rank and the 2 constructors will be by the table away from the rank. The hunters have to collect a max of 2 balloons at a time and pass it to the messenger who will then pass it on to the constructors. The constructors will pop the balloons and try to construct a sentence with each word they find in the balloon. To make it more challenging some balloons will have empty papers and other balloons will have the words. Also, some balloons will have nothing inside. Our games goal is to try to have teamwork. There was no sharing and no teamwork in the movie especially when all the children were chasing the red balloon. They didn’t want to share or work together. There will be french music in the background and the first team that is done will run to the stage and collect the prize. The prizes are umbrellas. The reason for that is in a scene in the movie the boy was trying to hide his balloon under umbrellas. We wanted our prize to link to the movie as well.
Al Jazi and Aya finished the rank with the cloth all around it. We wanted to move it from the orange hall to the atrium. We faced some difficulties doing that because we didn’t measure the wall we were going to pass the rank through. Our rank was way too high.
We made a decision to deconstruct parts of the rank. We took out four pipes and successfully got it through to the atrium. It didn’t take time to reassemble it which was very relieving. We then started filling the rank with balloons. We set up our tables which were in each corner of the rank. We got table cloth with the colours we were using for the teams and balloons which are blue,yellow,orange and green. Also, had the paths set for the messengers so they can know where to stand and to not go beyond that path. The path also depends on the team color and it has a label that says messengers path. Each table had their instruction card, a paper,a pen and two tiny balloons for the hunters to wrap around their wrist. We printed the name of the game and Aya and Star cut the letters up. We stuck them on the black cloth on each side of the entrance. The entrance has red vinyl.