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Traffic Jam

Description of a Team Building Exercise

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Traffic Jam

  • Split participants into two groups.
  • Both of these groups must be in a vertical line (one behind the other) with side a and b facing each other with a free space in between separating the groups.
  • All participants should have a cone next to them and there should be a free cone in the centre.
  • The goal of the game is to get side A to side B and Side B to side A, all facing forward

Rules are as follows.

  • No moving backwards
  • A person can only move forward to an empty space
  • A person can not “jump over” their own team mate
  • Only one person may move at a time
  • One spot per person, no sharing
  • If any of these rules are broken, the group must begin again

Starting Order .

  • A B C D - 1 2 3 4

Ending Order .

  • 1 2 3 4 - A B C D

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  • Traffic Jam is a real, "Brain Buster" that requires much thinking and communication. This exercise is very similar to a human chess game. Group members are split in 2 groups and have to cross each other in this challenge based Team Building activity. Cooperation and planning are essential to complete this task.

Group Size

  • 8-12 participants. No more than 20 in a group (even numbers only)


Total time - 55 mins

  • 5 minute intro and setup
  • 40 minutes activity time
  • 10 minutes review

Learning Targets

  • Strong communication
  • Ability to work with others
  • Leadership
  • Planning and evaluation skills


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