All Tangled Up

Games & Activities for kids & adults of all ages

4+
kids
K-6
grade
7
fives
5+
min.
  • Development Goals: To develop verbal communication, cooperation, strategic thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Skills: Body awareness and following directions

Ready...

Equipment Needed: None

Set Up: None

Before You Start:

  • Divide the students into small groups of up to twelve people and have them form a tight circle.

SET...

How to Play:

  • The students take one hand and grab the hand of anyone in the group except the people standing next to them.

  • The students take their other hand and grab the hand of anyone in the group except the people standing next to them and the person they are already holding hands with.

  • The challenge is to get untangled without letting go of each other’s hands. Emphasize that getting untangled requires a lot of communication and cooperation.

Mid-point questions:

  • Is there anything about this game that is particularly difficult?

  • Has anyone discovered any secrets that might help the rest of the group get untangled?

Closing questions:

  • Was this game difficult?
  • How did people feel when they found it hard to get untangled?
  • Did anyone get tempted to cheat and just let go of a hand?
  • Shall we try the game again and time ourselves to see how long it takes to get untangled?

GO!

Variation(s):

  • Make the groups larger.
  • Add restrictions to their communication methods.

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