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The chalk and blackboard are the most common tools to create visual aids for trainings. They are also the cheapest and most versatile. Like the AH-HAH method, chalk talk makes use of drawings to simplify complex terms and show the connection between these terms. It enables people to see, in a graphic form, their situation. However, unlike the AH-HAH method, the connections between the drawings progress along with the discussion.


AH-HAH is a training technique wherein participants draw or write in 1-3 words the first thing/idea that comes into their mind when asked about a certain concept or word. The drawings/words are pasted on the board to see the interrelations of ideas. Because it is done in a swift manner, the activity provokes discovery and realization, thus, the word AH-HAH!


· To impart skills in basic drawing.
· To lighten the discussion of a topic by helping participants express and visualize it.


· chalk or whiteboard marker/pentel pens
· blackboard/whiteboard/craft paper

Basic drawing

Drawings as visual aids have been used since ancient times. Drawings are sometimes more effective than written words because people tend to understand and remember concepts or things when they actually see them. Thus, for a facilitator to be more effective, s/he can use drawing skills. These drawing skills are only rudimentary and can easily be learned by everyone regardless of artistic skill. All that is needed is that the drawings - although simple - easily identify with real life and the topic being discussed.

Suggested approach

1. Ask volunteers to draw basic shapes and figures on the board.

2. Illustrate to them how one can form a complex figure by joining these shapes. For instance, drawing a triangle below a circle can form a person's half body.


Basic figures

3. Show how these figures can be "rounded-off" to look more human body feet man woman


4. Introduce the use of accidentals. Accidentals are shapes that you add to a figure to change the figure's character. Demonstrate how simple figures, even stick figures, can suggest different actions through minimal changes in any of the limbs, head, etc. For instance, adding a tie and a suitcase to the stick figure changes the character to a businessperson.


A number of simple figures drawn on the board