Generic products used in facilitation

Below are categories and subcategories of generic products used in facilitation. Each connected page has an editorial introduction with links to some manufacturers or products. You may add your tips & tricks in comments to these pages and include links as well. Tip: picture, audiotape or videotape how you do it, upload that to your website, YouTube or the Downloads section here, and link to it from your Tip & trick comment.

Product category Sub category Abstract
Games / Toys Stuffed Animals Small stuffed animals can help the environment
Working Environment Flowers or other center pieces A center piece of flowers or art can contribute to the environment of the workshop.
Working Environment Table covers In some workshops like World Cafe the table cover is paper and part of the record of the workshop. In others the table decore is used as normal.
Working Environment Wall Decor Most facilitators use the products of the various session to create wall decor. There are other approachs.
Graphic Facilitation Supplies Facilitation Kits A number of companies supply facilitation kits that include cards, pins, markers, etc.
Office supplies Dots Sticky Dots are of various sizes, shapes and colours.
Graphic Facilitation Supplies Templates Graphic facilitation materials and supplies.
Working Environment Music Music can be used to enable a good working environment.
Games / Toys Wikki Stix Wikki Stix are made of a strand of acrylic, hand-knitting yarn enhanced with a microcrystalline, food-grade, non-toxic wax. There is no latex, nor any peanut or nut oil. The wax is similar to that used in lipsticks and on food products.
Games / Toys Pipe Cleaners Pipe cleaners come in a variety of colors and sizes.
Games / Toys Koosh Ball The Koosh ball is a toy ball made of rubber filaments (strings) attached to a soft plasma rubber core.
Cards Pin Cards These are shaped cards that can be taped or pinned to a board.
Games / Toys Missing Square Puzzles The missing square puzzle depicts two arrangements of shapes, each of which apparently forms a 13×5 right-angled triangle, but one of which has a 1×1 hole in it. (Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_square_puzzle )
Games / Toys Sliding puzzles A sliding puzzle, sliding block puzzle, or sliding tile puzzle challenges a player to slide usually flat pieces along certain routes (usually on a board) to establish a certain end-configuration. (Wikipedia)
Games / Toys Spot the difference Spot the difference is a name given to a puzzle where two versions of an image are shown side by side, and the player has to find differences between them. (Wikipedia)
Games / Toys Tangram The tangram (Chinese: 七巧板; pinyin: qī qiǎo bǎn; literally "seven boards of skill") is a dissection puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form shapes. The objective of the puzzle is to form a specific shape (given only in outline or silhouette) using all seven pieces, which may not overlap. From Wikipedia
Lists Check lists To do, equipment and other useful lists
Cards Shaped cards A variety of shapes can be found or made to help create clear images of the process or content of a workshop such as Speech bubbles etc.
Cards Writing Paper Standard letter size paper
Cards Tent cards for participant names Folded card for participant names
Office supplies Name badges To wear by session participants
Cards Magnetic Cards Magnetic cards can be written on with a marker and stuck to a white board that is made of steel.
Working boards Paper taped to wall Brown packing paper taped in single or multiple rows.
Projectors Opaque projectors Classroom aid, to project directly from books, maps, etc.
Projectors Slide projectors To project 35mm slides
Projectors Overhead projectors To project A4 or 8.5 x 11" size transparencies
Projectors LED Video Display Large bright screens
Projectors LCD Projectors To project video or computer screens
Markers Crayons Wax markers
Markers White board markers Dry erasable markers
Markers Squeeze markers Markers for really wide (> 1 inch) lines.
Working boards Electronic boards Smart boards, Touch boards, Interactive whiteboards
Working Boards Sticky Wall Sticky walls are usually made of light cloth such as parachute fabric attached to a wall with tape and sprayed with mounting glue.
Working boards Improvised boards Do-it-yourself boards when no regular board is available, for instance when doing field work in developing countries.
Working boards Flip charts A1 size boards with paper blocks
Working Boards Pin Boards Pin boards have a soft material such as cork that pins can be stuck into
Working boards Black boards Traditional black school boards
Working boards White boards White boards for use with markers, magnets, wipers.
Office supplies Scissors, rulers, tape, glue, etc These are things that you should be able to find in most offices.
Markers Permanent markers Uneraseable or detegergent eraseable markers