Traffic Jam


Traffic Jam is a real, ‘Brain Buster’ that requires a lot thinking and communication. This challenge is very similar to a human chess game. The group is split in 2, with both sides working together to complete the challenge. Cooperation and planning are essential to complete this task.

Equipment Required

  • Cones/Floor Markers

Space Required: Minimal/Low. Delivered either indoors or outdoors.
Group Size: 8-12 participants. No more than 20 (even numbers only)

Total Time: 55 mins

  • 5 minute brief and set up
  • 40 minutes to achieve outcome
  • 10 minutes Review

Brief/Challenge Instructions

  1. Split participants into two smaller groups (Side A and B).
  2. Both groups must line up vertically (one behind the other) with A facing B and vice-versa.
  3. Everyone should have a cone next to them with a free space in the centre separating the two sides.
  4. 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

Start Order: A B C D – 1 2 3 4
End Order: 1 2 3 4 – A B C D

Traffic Jam Team Building Solution

Answer/Solution Sheet (Download PDF)

Learning Targets

  • Communication
  • Cooperation
  • Leadership
  • Effective Planning
  • Reviewing Performance
  • Failure

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