UNZIP-it! with Shaped By Our Past Conversation Card Deck

UNZIP-it!™ and start talking about how we are Shaped By Our Past!

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It's time to open up the conversation and talk about the unspeakable! Pop a bunch of pertinent questions into the UNZIP-it!™ zipper mouth and pass the pouch from player to player. Unzip the playful pocket and pull out a discussion topic to spark conversation and build relationships. Invite recipients to pull out a topic, read it to the group and respond.

Stuff the pocket with the following deck of 30 pre-printed cards. The Shaped By Our Past deck helps people get to know each other by looking into the past and the roads traveled. Walk a mile in someone else's shoes to understand what makes people tick! We are who we are today because of our history and our lifetime of experiences. Encourage your group to share details of their past -- school, friends, family, hobbies, challenges, and more! (Click on the card images above to see the prompts).

Each deck contains the same prompts as its namesake Thumball (you can customize any blank cards with your own discussion prompts)

Pocket: 8” x 6”
Cards: 3.5” x 2.5”


The "Shaped by Our Past" collection of prompts draw out the experiences in our life that helped shape who we are today. Among them you'll find:

  • Childhood memories: birthdays, vacations, regrets 
  • Past experiences: scary moments, hospital visits, turning points, accomplishments
  • Daily life when you were younger: extracurricular activities, friendships, summer traditions
  • People & personalities: impact of birth order, mentors, grandparents

The inscription on the back will get you started:

Feeling shy about speaking out?
Or, not sure what to talk about?
It's easy now to start the flow,
And have discussions bloom and grow.
Unzip the pouch and pick a topic,

Big and broad, or microscopic,
A prompt that doesn't dig too deep,
Or one that makes you take a leap.
Go ahead, reach in and pick it,
Read the prompt and then UNZIP-it!

[NOTE: Silver Series Conversation Prompts are available as Thumballs, UNZiP-IT! Pocket & Deck, and Virtual/Remote PPT.]

©Trainers Warehouse – Trainers Warehouse holds the copyright for this set of questions. Reproductions cannot be made without express approval.


UNZIP-it! with Shaped By Our Past Conversation Card Deck

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