Human Shapes


Working together as a team, the group have to use their bodies to form letters and words. This challenge is simple to deliver and can be done with no equipment.

Equipment Required: None
Space Required: Small. Indoors or outdoors.
Group Size: 8 to 12 ideally.

Total Time: 20-30 minutes

  • 5 minutes to brief and set up
  • 10-20 minutes to achieve outcome
  • 5 minutes to review and debrief

Human Shapes Team Challenge Instructions

  1. Find an area free of obstacles and ask participants to spread out
  2. Start out by asking the participants to make several letters of the alphabet with their body e.g. B, C, D and E.
  3. Next up, get them to form the words you say e.g. with groups of four people you would do words that have 3 or 4 letters i.e. dog, bird, cat, step and groups of five people words that 4,5 or even 6 letters.
  4. Finally use a sentence or phrase that allows everyone to be involved.
  5. You can also split the team into smaller groups and get them to compete against each other.
  6. Try to make this activity fast paced, so they don’t think too much and are kept energised.

Suggested Learning Outcomes

  • Creative thinking
  • Cooperation
  • Support and trust
  • Planning


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