Turnstile/Group Jump Rope

Type of Activity: Problem-Solving

Props Needed: 50 foot rope or webbing

Set Up: Start with the group on one side of the rope and a facilitator on each end or ask for a volunteer to assist in turning.

Process: Using the 50 foot rope as a jump rope, ask a group how many people can make two consecutive jumps together without anyone missing.  Starting position--rope on the floor or ground and everyone standing on one side of the rope.  Turning direction and standing position is up to the group.  See if they can do it!  Try adding a jump to three jumps.

Variation: To start, begin turning the rope at a slow rate and have the group see if they can get all through the spinning rope from one side to another by (1) going through at one time; (2) making one jump while in the arc; (3) not missing a beat of the rope between people.  Not a hard assignment for one person or two or three, but it can prove to be a frustrating challenge for 20 or 30 people.  Provide the necessary time for success! You can create a progression moving from one person at a time into 2-20 people at a time leading up to a one jump for the entire group.

1, 2, 3=10: The only clue you have been given is 1, 2, 3=10.  The instructions say that if you have done something right the rope will move very excitedly, but if you are wrong the rope will fall to the ground and the entire group must start again. As long as you are on the right track the rope will keep turning. When it drops you have made a mistake. The group must go through 1 person, 2 people, then 3 people, until they get to 10. Change the “equation” so that it works with your group size ex. 1, 2, 3 = 20.

Debriefing Topics:

  • What were some strategies the group came up with to get everyone safely through?
  • How did the group communicate to one another?
  • What was your biggest anxiety during the activity?
  • How did the group brainstorm and communicate for this activity?
  • Were you conscious of the way you spoke to others?
  • What were some feelings that came up during the process?

For original write up purchase “The Book of Raccoon Circles.”  or “Silver Bullets” 

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