Birds eye view of group problem-solving a game called Human Knot

Human Knot

Classic small group initiative with multiple variations.

  • Simple set-up
  • Promotes communication
  • Develops critical thinking
  • Demands focus & patience
  • No props

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Comments (2)

  1. David Piang-Nee

    Great for fun or as an initiative. Always generates some laughs as well as communication amongst the team.

    If this is a new group, this would be an activity I would run later on when people are more comfortable and being in close proximity of one another.

    To ensure that everyone is connected or to see if you have one large knot, one person can gently squeeze their hand and pass along a pulse and this will go the next person and so on.. if the pulse comes back to the original person, you got yourself one loop.. otherwise you might have multiple loops. The group can decide what to do with that knowledge. (IE take on the multiple untangling challenge or restart to form only 1 knot)

    • Mark

      David, I love the tip about squeezing hands to identify if there are 1 or more circles. Thanks for sharing.

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