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Snakes

Resume / Brief description

Snakes is a teambuilding activity that helps people practice trusting each other. A leader steers his or her partner around obstacles using verbal or nonverbal instructions. The objective of the game is to place an item into the bucket by every (or some) team members.

Target group

Students, entrepreneurs, colleagues of the same company or work team, professionals of different areas

Objectives

Work in team Collaborate with short time

Requirements

Blindfolds, Items, Buckets, Rope/tape for barrier, Stopwatch.

Implementation - Overview

This activity is an active teambuilding activity that requires a great deal of space. An outdoor setting with some obstacles (but nothing too dangerous!) is ideal. As the facilitator of the Trust Walk Teambuilding Activity, be sure to scout out a safe area in advance. Large fields or the woods may be good places to try. Minor obstacles (trees, branches, small hills) are okay, but do not play this game in a dangerous environment (for example, anywhere with very steep ledges or sharp protruding objects).

Implementation - Guidelines

Assemble sets of materials for teams Materials required include: - blindfolds, - items, - buckets, - rope/tape for barrier, - stopwatch. Create a large circle barrier with the tape or a rope. Place a bucket in the middle of the circle. Toss the items randomly inside the barrier. Depending on the amount of people in the group, ask the participants to get into teams of 5-7 people. Present the rules to everyone Following rules apply for the contest: – all participants are blindfolded except for the person standing last in the line, – only nonverbal communication is allowed, previous participant must put their arms on the shoulders of next person, – the person in the back of the line guides the participants around the circle barrier by simply tapping the shoulders of the person in front of them, then next person taps the shoulders of the participant in front of them, and so on, until the person in the front of the line moves towards an item, – when an item is approached, the person in the front grabs the throwable and is guided to the bucket where he drops the throwable, – when a participant drops the item into the bucket, then the one removes their blindfold and moves to the back of the line and becomes the sighted team member, – the person who was in the back of the line puts on a blindfold, – challenge time is 5 minutes. Start the challenge Ask the participants to stand in a single line and put their hands on the shoulders of the person in front of them. This is a no-talking activity, but allow the group to take 1-2 minutes to pre-plan. Finish the challenge Continue this process until all team members have placed an item into the bucket. If there is more than one team, the team that wins is the one that finish the task in shortest time. If the teams are uneven, the team with the least amount of members will continue to rotate until they have dropped as many items into the bucket as the largest team. Draw conclusions Discuss the teams their feelings related to contest – what was easy, what was hard. Focus on leadership, cooperation, strategies, surprises, etc. Below are some sample questions to ask the teams: – What was it like to be the “guide,” being fully responsible for the safety of your partner? – What do you think was the purpose of this team building activity? – Did you have any difficulty trusting your partner while blindfolded? Why or why not? – Why is trusting your teammates important? – How does this relate to employees working together on a project?

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