Hands-on verbal (or combination) spontaneous problems require teams to create a tangible solution and include some type of verbal component, for example, creating a story about the solution. Teams are scored for both the tangible solution and the verbal presentation.

Hands-on verbal problem tips

  • Understand the unique components of each stage of the problem. Is only part 2 scored? How can time in part 1 be used to maximize score in part 2?

  • If creating objects to give responses to, create objects open to wide interpretation in order to allow for more responses (a picture of a house and a car is more restrictive than a stick figure with 6 arms).

  • Plan story responses to have a clear beginning, middle and end. Introduce conflict and have the characters resolve a problem; a story should always have some sort of direction.

  • Add drama and flair to story problem responses especially - don't be afraid to stand up, gesture, and use accents.

Types of hands-on verbal problem

Hands-on verbal involves building or manipulating physical items while giving responses. The broad categories of problems are: