Traffic Circle

Type of Activity: Problem-Solving, Communication

Props Needed: Webbing or hula hoop


Set Up: Traffic Circle uses a single Raccoon Circle that has been overlapped to form an even smaller circle (about 2.5 feet (0.8 meters)) in diameter, or roughly the size of a small hula hoop. This circle is placed at the center of the group.

Process: The task (surprisingly simple), is for each member of the group, and their opposite partner, to exchange places, by passing through the middle of the circle, each touching one body part (foot, hand, nose...) in the Raccoon Circle, at the same time, and then continuing on to stand in the place where their partner was. All this must be accomplished without touching their partner, or the Raccoon Circle, and both participants must be in contact with the ground inside the Raccoon Circle at the same time. The group should set a goal to perform this task as quickly as possible.

Sam Sikes encourages this activity with the addition of several set mouse traps in the area around the traffic circle, or perhaps to exchange the traffic circle entirely with a set mouse trap located on a small table at the center of the group. An interesting risk factor here. Be extra careful!

Debriefing Topics:

  • How did you communicate to your partner?
  • Were you successful as a team?
  • What were some feelings that came up during the process?

For resources:  The Book of Raccoon Circles, Webbing

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