Perfect Square Team Building Activity

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In this activity, the team has to form a perfect square using rope while blindfolded.

Resources:

  • Rope (at least 5m, longer if there are more participants) — the ends should be tied together
  • Blindfolds

Space Required: Medium. Outdoors or indoors. Ensure that there are no obstacles in the designated area.


Group Size: 4 – 8 participants

Total Time: 20 – 25 minutes

  •    5 minutes to brief and setup
  •    5 – 10 minutes for the activity
  •    10 minutes to review and debrief

Running the Activity

  • Explain the activity: In this activity, team members have to form a perfect square while blindfolded.
  • Get everyone to stand in a circle while holding the rope. Once the circle is formed, they can lay the rope on the floor. Each participant then puts on their blindfold, and have them take 5 steps backwards. The task is to work together to form a square while blindfolded.
  • Once the team is blindfolded, they can begin the activity.
  • The activity ends when the team thinks that they have formed a square. Participants then take off their blindfolds and see the final result.
  • If you have time, you can run the activity a second time and give the team the chance to do better.

Variations

  •  To make it more challenging, you can set a time limit or have some participants remain silent during the activity.
  • If the team completes the square easily, you can also instruct them to make different shapes to challenge them.

Suggested Learning Outcomes

  •    Leadership
  •    Communication
  •    Cooperation

Review

Suggested questions to ask:

  •  What problems did you encounter during the challenge?
  •  Did you identify a leader? How was leadership demonstrated during the challenge?
  •  How well did you communicate during the challenge?
  •  (If the activity was done in two rounds) What did the team improve on in the second round?
  • What did you learn from the challenge?
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