A Long Line of Knots

Type of Activity: Get to Know You

Props Needed: Webbing

Set Up: Begin by giving each person in the group an untied Raccoon Circle (piece of webbing), and asking them to tie as many knots in the webbing as they like.

Process: Tell the group that the number of knots in each Raccoon Circle is equal to the number of pieces of information that each participant is invited to share.  The facilitator then begins the sharing process, demonstrating both the number of pieces of information, and also the type of information that is appropriate.  For example, with seven knots in a Raccoon Circle, a participant could share where they are from, where they went to school or college, their occupation, the number of members in their family, their favorite pet, their favorite food or restaurant, and how they spent their vacation.  You can use the space below to write in your own examples of suitable information for your group.

Variation: You can ask each participant to knot their Raccoon Circle, and then trade their circle with others in the group, before telling them how the knots relate to the number of pieces of information they have a chance to share.

Debriefing Topics:

  • Did you learn anything new about your fellow participants?  What?
  • Was it difficult to come up with numerous things to tell others?  Why?
  • Was it easy for you to share with your fellow participants?


For original write up purchase "Book of Raccoon Circles" by Cain & Smith.  

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