How to Use Climer Cards

for deeper conversations & connection

How to Use

Climer Cards are a great tool to help people move to a deeper level of conversation.
With Climer Cards…

  • Facilitators help participants share what they learned.
  • Parents use them to get kids talking about their day.
  • Social workers and counselors use them with clients to gain a deeper understanding of their experiences.
  • Teachers help students create connections in class.

The power of the cards are all in the question you pose. Below are some more ideas.

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k12 educator

Randomly pass out cards or allow students to select from the deck (or share your unique link from Climer Cards Platform).

Ask each student to present a one-minute speech based on the card they chose. This gives students practice in public speaking and storytelling.

To develop creative writing skills, give each student 3-4 cards and ask them to write a short, imaginary narrative or poem incorporating the images from their cards.

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corporate trainers

Towards the beginning of the workshop spread the cards out on a central table or open space (or share your unique link from Climer Cards Platform).

Ask each person to select a card that is a symbol or metaphor for what comes to mind when they hear the word/phrase _________. Insert the topic you are focusing on such as leadership, conflict resolution, communication, or employee engagement. Ask each person to share with the whole group or ask them to share in pairs.

Use the conversation to engage people in the topic and lead into other related conversation.

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Parent: “How was school? 
Child: “Fine.”

Parent: “What did you do today?”
Child: “Nothing.”

Tired of this boring conversation? Climer Cards get kids talking at the dinner table and sharing about their day. How? 

Spread out the cards and ask each person to pick one card that symbolizes something they did today. Then, give each person time to share which card they chose and why. 

Enjoy the conversation and connection with your kids! 

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At the end of the program spread the cards out on the ground (or share your unique link from Climer Cards Platform). Then, ask each person to select a card that represents something they are proud of from the day.

Invite each person to share with the group or pair up with one other person. 

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(conversation tool)

This simple deck of cards has an amazing potential to transform conversations in groups. Using the power of metaphors, with the cards people tend to share more leading to more sincere, meaningful dialogue. They can also be used to generate creative ideas.

Each deck includes

  • Double-sided cards with conversation tool and grouping tool
  • 52 images based on watercolor paintings by Amy Climer
  • Grouping tool to mix large groups into smaller groups
  • Directions for how to use – get creative with endless variations
  • Printed, durable cardboard box

Climer Cards are printed on high quality coated paper, just like a nice deck of playing cards. The colors are gorgeous! They have been used on all seven continents and by many cultures around the world.

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(grouping tool)

Sometimes you want to mix up a large group into smaller groups, but don’t want people to just join their friends. Climer Cards makes that process fun and easy. Give each person a card. Ask everyone to find others in the room with the same shape, color, or number. Each deck includes:

  • 5 different shapes (groups of 10)
  • 10 numbers (groups of 5)
  • 6 colors (groups of 8-9)

You can also use for pairings, create smaller groups, or come up with new combinations.


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climer cards reference guide

(PDF download)

Do you want a quick, colorful reference for how to use Climer Cards? The Climer Cards Quick Reference Guide (PDF) is a simple tool that lists the most popular ways to use Climer Cards. Once you download it, just print it, laminate it, add a cord, and hang it up so your staff and colleagues can easily access it. It will make it even easier to use Climer Cards with your staff.



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