Student Engagement

All Tied Up

Material Needed: Bandanas or cloth strips, other items as needed
Time Required: 15-30 minutes, depending on the goal and number of group members
Group Size: 2-15


  • Work as team to complete a common goal

  • Arrange participants into a circle, facing each other. Ask them to hold out their arms.

  • Tie the group together so that each person is tied to both neighbor's wrists.

  • Now that the group is "all tied up", give them a task to do together.

Some ideas are:

  • Make root beer floats for everyone

  • Wrap packages with gift wrap, bows, and a card

  • Eat lunch

  • Make a snack

  • Create an art project

  • Pour a cup of water for each person in the group

  • Anything else that is fun and crazy

Note: To make the task more difficult give the group a time limit.

Debrief Questions or Topics:

  • Why were you successful (or unsuccessful) at completing the task?

  • How did the time restrictions aid or hinder your group from completing the task?

  • Did everyone in the group help to get the task done?

  • What happened when someone didn't help?

  • Do you ever feel like you are "tied up" with someone else when you are working with them and trying to get a job done? If so, why, and how do you deal with this feeling?

Jones, A. (1999). Team -Building Activities for Every Group. Richland, WA: Rec Room Publishing. P. 56-57.      

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