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Human Knot

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This is a good ice-breaker and encourages physical movement while problem-solving.

  1. Have all participants stand in a circle, facing the center. If you have a large group, divide them into two smaller groups.
  2. Make the circle smaller until everyone is standing shoulder to shoulder.
  3. All participants reach into the center and grasp a different person’s hand in each of their own hands. This will make a tangle of arms and hands in the middle.
  4. The rest of the exercise is spent untangling the knot without losing hold of the other people’s’ hands you are holding onto.
  5. Talking is allowed, but at a higher difficulty level, you can do this without speaking.

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