Type of Activity: Problem-Solving
Props Needed: 2-50 foot pieces of rope. (blindfolds optional)
Set Up: Ask each participant to close their eyes and/or offer everyone in the group a blindfold. Don't forget to spend some time talking about blindfolds and trust.
Process: For small groups you can just use one rope, for larger groups, tie the two ropes together so you have an 100 foot circle of rope. Instruct your group to form a perfect square. No one can let the rope leave their hands for more than 5 seconds at a time. The group must decide when they think the figure is correct, at which point they need to ask you, the facilitator, if they are correct. If they have it they may open their eyes or remove their blindfolds. If they have not formed a perfect square tell them that they still have a little work to do. After they have been successful debrief this process with them. If you want to further challenge them, then have them try a triangle, how about a stop sign? More difficult shapes will obviously take more time.
Variations: Create two equal numbered groups and give each group a rope. The rules are the same as above however this time they need to make a sailboat, where one group makes the boat and the other group makes the sail. Toughy!! The two groups must form their sailboat together. Have them let you know when they think they have it before they remove their blindfolds, that way you can let them know if they have it or if they need to work on it a little more.
- Did anyone notice a leader emerge in this activity? If so, who, and why do you think they stepped up?
- How were you able to make sure you had a perfect square?
- Did anyone get frustrated during this activity? Why?
- If there would have been one person out of place, would you have been successful?
- How can you relate this to issues within this group?
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