The Octopus

Type of Activity: Problem-Solving, Communication

Props Needed: Webbing

Set Up: First, take two untied Raccoon Circle pieces of webbing, and (using one water knot) tie these two pieces together to form one long piece of webbing. These two pieces of webbing can be different colors, or the same color, but a collection of each style is best (i.e. some long pieces of webbing with different colors of webbing, some with the same color). You’ll need one piece of webbing for each person in the group (or one long “joined” piece of webbing for every two participants).

Next, take several of these long (joined) pieces of webbing, and tangle, twist, spiral, loop and basically make spaghetti of them (be sure not to tie difficult to remove knots in this webbing mess), leaving about 1 foot of each piece of webbing visible outside the pile, so that participants have a place to grasp the webbing at the start of the activity.

Process: This activity is an interesting problem solving activity, and an even more interesting method for finding a partner. The Octopus is a great big tangled mess of Raccoon Circles, and here is how you create this activity.

The challenge is now for participants to work together to unravel this mess, without letting go of the piece of webbing that they are holding, and ultimately discover which person in the group is holding the other end of their piece of webbing. Untangling the rope is allowed, however, untying the knots joining the two pieces of webbing together is not allowed.

Debriefing Topics:

  • Describe the specific steps taken.
  • What were some feelings that came up during the process?
  • What would you have done differently?

For original write up look in:  The Book of Raccoon Circles. Purchase equipment at: Webbing

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