In this fun team challenge, groups are required to work together to do complete a simple task. The problem is, that they are tied together by their wrists. Problem solving, teamwork and communication are essential for this challenge.
Equipment Required: Shoes laces, tracer rope strips or cloth strips or anything to tie participants together.
Space Required: Small. Can be delivered either indoors or outdoors.
Group Size: 4 to 12 ideally.
Total Time: 25 minutes
- 5 minutes to brief and set up
- 15 minutes to achieve outcome
- 5 minutes to review
All Tied Up Team Building Challenge Brief
- Organise your group into an inward facing circle. Ask them to hold out their arms to the side and then tie them to both of their neighbour’s wrists.
- The whole group should now be connected and “all tied up”.
- Next present a simple task for them to complete. Here are some ideas:
- Wrap a present
- Build a bridge
- Make a square with rope
- Tidy up the room
- Create an art project linked to their workshop experience
- Pour a cup of water for everyone in the group
- Or add any other fun and creative team tasks you can think of
Variation – Group Walk
Instead of tying the participants together by their wrists, instead tie them together by their ankles. Once they are connected, give them some simple commands to perform without falling over, such as: walk forwards, backwards, left and right.
If they find this difficult, split into smaller teams or pairs and ask them to try again. Once they are successful, you can increase the size of the group and try again. Keep adding more team members until they can walk together without falling over
If you’re working with a very large group, it is a good idea to split them into smaller teams of no more than twelve to start with before building up to a much larger group.
Suggested Learning Outcomes
- Goal Setting
- Problem Solving
- Communication skills
To increase the difficulty of the challenge, give your group a time limit or blindfold/mute a couple of participants.
Before starting the challenge, brief participants not to pull or drag each other as this can result in injuries (take care, especially when working with kids).
Suggested questions to ask during the review
- Why were you successful (or unsuccessful) at completing the challenge?
- How did having a time restriction help or hinder you from the completing the challenge?
- Was everyone involved and help each other?
- What happened when someone disagreed with the plan? Did you discuss it?
- What was the purpose of the challenge? What do you feel you took away from the task?
- Have you ever been in a situation when you’ve felt, ‘tied up’ when working with others? If yes, how did you overcome this?