This is a quick and easy team building activity that you can accomplish with any group, made up of youth or adults. We recently used this activity with our 2014 Georgia Teen Institute Staff during Staff Development Weekend and are so excited to share it with you!
Time Needed: 15 – 20 minutes
Group Size: Any, split into teams of 12-15
Materials: A very long rope or ball of yarn (40-50 feet) tied to itself to form a circle
Ask everyone in the group to grab the rope and get into a circle.
Inform everyone that they cannot let go of the rope or trade places with others, but they can slide their hands along the rope.
The goal is to get the whole group to create a five pointed star with the rope (the kind with the crisscrosses in the middle).
Once they think the task is complete, ask them to slowly lower the star to the ground and step back to admire their work.
- Was your team successful? If so, how?
- What did your planning process look like?
- Did anyone emerge as a leader? What actions or characteristics made them a leader?
- What roles did others play during the activity?
- In what ways does this activity relate to the real world?
If you use this team building activity with your group, let us know how it goes. If you already do this activity and know of fun or meaningful variances, we would love to know about that, too. Please reach out and keep connected!