Dart Word Cloud

The participants create a word cloud on which they then throw darts to select two words. These two words will be used to create a sentence that can be associated with the challenge. This sentence can then be used as input for the next model phase.


  • Duration
    Short (up to 30 minutes)
  • Complexity
  • Group size
    0 to 20 persons

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Description Long

Each group of participants is provided with A3 paper and a pencil. The A3 paper is already cut out in a circle so that it fits on the dartboard. Based on inputs from the facilitator, a Word Cloud is to be created on it. The inputs can be very non-specific such as "write down three verbs" or "three things you notice in the room". However, more specific inputs can also be used, which already go into the thrust of the challenge. After a few rounds and as soon as the Word Cloud gives something, the dart game can be used to select the words. The Word Clouds created are stuck on the dartboard one after the other and two darts are thrown at them. The two selected words are noted down by the throwing participants. A sentence is to be formed from these two words.




Cut A3 paper into a circle to fit the dartboard.


Have pens ready


Hang up dart board in a suitable way (be careful not to damage it by misdirected darts)


Consider questions for input on creating the Word Clouds


Show an example picture of what a Word Cloud looks like



1. Explain that the first step is to create a Word Cloud.

     a. Possibly show a picture of a Word Cloud

2. Explain that the words are to be written down based on inputs.

3. Start with the first input (e.g. "Write down three verbs").

4. Repeat step 3 until there are enough words on the paper (approx. 20 words)

5. Per group:

     a. Stick Word Cloud on dart board

     b. Throw two darts at the Word Cloud

     c. Write down the two words hit

6. write down a sentence that contains both hit words.

Hints from experience

The plastic version (with many holes in the disc) and plastic darts also work as a dartboard.

It does not necessarily have to be an old dartboard (made of cardboard/wood) with metal darts. 

If available and the group size is large, it may be possible to play with two dartboards.

This would have the advantage that there is less waiting time. While one group is playing, the others have to watch and this has to be bridged somehow.


When explaining how to create the Word Cloud, it should be pointed out that the words are written on the paper per input and not grouped by input. (E.g. write down 3 verbs -> the three verbs distributed and not close to each other on the paper.


Tools list

  • Pencils, board markers
  • Big and small paper circles
  • duct tape
  • Paper
  • Writing utensils, pen, pencil


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