- This activity requires working together in close physical proximity
in order to solve
a practical, physical problem. It tends to emphasize group communication, cooperation,
patience and problem solving strategy, as well as issues related to
physical self and physical proximity.
The activity can be run in many different
Ask the whole group to try to fit inside a small
area which can be marked by:
circle of rope, or
tarpaulin or blanket
When the group succeeds, decrease the area (e.g., changing platforms,
shrinking the circle, or folding the tarp) and
challenge the group again. How far can the group go?
- Cautions: Obviously people are going to need to feel physically
comfortable in order to get physically close and be supportive of one
another. So make sure people are warmed up and preferably have
removed excessive jewellery, watches, etc.
- Tarp Flip Over: With a group standing
on a tarp, challenge them to turn the tarp over without anyone touching the ground in the
process. Can add a time limit e.g., 15 mins for this activity.
- Framing, e.g.,"The group must work together to ensure everyone manages to get aboard the new
management structure. As time goes by, the team must become closer to deal
with shrinking margins and increased competition." [www.bushsports.com.au]
- Team building variation of Tarp Flip Over: the group discusses the
present state of the team and a future desired state for the team.
One side of the tarp represents the present state, the other side the
- Name game: The activity can be used as a name game by setting the rule that every communication to
another person must include that person's name.
- 10ft of rope for a circle or a tarpaulin or small platforms
A classic teambuilding activity in which a group is challenged to
physically support one another in an endeavour to occupy an ever