Group of hands holding onto a cross cross of ropes as part of group initiative Knot My Problem

Knot My Problem

Fun variation of classic problem-solving exercise.

  • Interactive
  • Promotes communication
  • Fosters collaboration
  • Focus on roles


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Comments (2)

  1. malkarena07

    I tried this activity and sometimes the knot doesn’t become untangled. Does this always work? Or am I doing something wrong?

    • Mark

      That’s right Malka, on occasions, the tangle of the rope will not allow your group to fully untangle itself. You may get two circles, two intersecting circles, one or more knots in a circle, etc. As described in the Variations tab, I recommend you apply ‘Knot First Aid’ to this issue if and when it occurs.

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