Man jumping as part of group initiative turnstyles rope with two others watching from the sidelines


Energetic group initiative to teach systems-thinking.

  • Raises energy
  • Fosters collaboration
  • Promotes creativity
  • Focus on continuous improvement

Step-by-Step Instructions

Resources Premium

How To Play Narrative Premium

Practical Leadership Tips Premium

Social-Emotional Learning Premium

Health & Wellness Programming Premium

Popular Variations Premium

You Might Also Like... Premium

Useful Framing Ideas Premium

Reflection Tips & Strategies Premium

Source Premium


Add your Comments...

Have you played this activity? What worked, what didn't work? What type of group? Do you have useful advice for other users? Do you know a fun variation?

Comments (2)

  1. neilmercer

    I have a further development to share regarding this game. After the group has gone under the rope (Stage 1) and over the rope to the other side (Stage 2), my 3rd stage is as follows:

    The task is now against the clock.

    Your objective as a team is for every team member to pass under the rope and then over it, as it is being rotated, in the fastest possible time.
    If there is a rotation without anyone passing across, that’s OK, you may continue, it’ll just take more time.
    The people holding and rotating the rope must also pass through, i.e., they must be replaced by other team members.
    The timer starts when the first person passes to the other side. It stops when everyone has crossed both under the rope, then over it.

    You find many different solutions to this task – running under on one side of the turnstile and jumping over on the other side. However, the most very extremely fastest solution is for everyone to line up along the rope, have it swung over their heads and all jumping it at the same time. Of course… don’t forget the rope swingers. They, too, must make the crossing – if you, dear facilitator, should choose so!)

    Please note: Rope rotators (ropetators?) should be given instruction regarding their role. They are not intended to make the task harder than it already is. They should rotate the rope slowly and loosely so that a fair amount of it hits the ground on every turn – thus reducing the chance of anyone tripping over it.

    One other safety instruction. If there is a hint that anyone could trip and fall, the rope holders must simply let go of the rope and let it fall. That attempt will be restarted. This should be communicated to all the group members, not just to the holders of the rope.

    • Mark

      Awesome stuff Neil. I think I have seen this variation elsewhere and I’m so glad you have shared it here. I too concur with the advice re the “ropetators” dropping the rope at the first sign of tripping trouble.

No Props No Problem

Brand NEW book featuring 150+ outrageously fun group games & activities. Scan QR codes to connect to tons of digital content including video tutorials.

Add to Cart
Free eBook:
Top Ten Icebreakers & Group Games

Download our free 28-page ebook jam-packed with outrageously fun activity ideas.