Team Building Activity: Plastic Cup Race

Plastic Cup Race

This activity is great for youth or adults! Facilitate it to help your group consider how to delegate tasks in order for everyone to participate, set and evaluate goals, think creatively and reflect on different methods to use in the future. We loved engaging in this activity during Team Meetings at Georgia Teen Institute 2015! Our participants had a little healthy competition and discussed what setting a goal really means for their future prevention projects.

PCR Set UpTime Needed: 15 minutes

Group Size: 4-12 (If you have a larger group, you can create more teams.)

Materials: Two plastic cups, a pencil and string

Description & Directions:

First, use the pencil to put a small hole in the bottom of each cup. Determine a start and end point for the activity, having these points be equal in distance for both teams. Break your group into two smaller teams and give each team a plastic cup and a pre-cut piece of string that will fit between the start and end points. The goal of this activity is to get the plastic cup from the start point to the end point first, using the following instructions:

  • Plastic Cup Race2Thread the string provided through the plastic cup.
  • Connect the string from the start point to the end point.
  • Make sure your cup is back at the start point.
  • Not using your hands, get the cup from the start point to the end point.
  • The first team to accomplish this task wins.
  • Everyone must participate in some way.

Debrief Questions:

  • What worked well for your team?
  • What did not go as planned?
  • What would you do differently next time?
  • How does this activity relate to setting goals with your group?
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