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Missing Cards – Free Energiser

Duration: 10 - 20 minutes

Intended for:

This free energiser provides an opportunity to discuss rational thinking and encourages participants to work together to find a solution. It can be useful in a leadership training course or as part of a session on creative thinking, planning or self-management.

Training course contents:

A set of instructions for the energiser, ‘Missing Cards’ can be downloaded for free from the link at the bottom of this page, or you can follow the notes below.


Provide participants with several packs of cards that have been shuffled and mixed together. Explain that you have removed some of the cards and their task is to find a simple, quick and systematic method of establishing which cards are missing.


Review the activity by discussing how they went about completing the task, what went well, what didn’t work and how they interacted and communicated. You can adapt the review discussion to suit the training course that you want to relate it to.


This energiser is relatively quick and simple and provides an easy opportunity to explore rational thinking and working together to find solutions. With a good review, this can be a simple and effective way of discussing leadership and communication issues.

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Missing Cards – Free Energiser


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