Examples of group dynamics games

  1. Gordian knot

Type:  coordination game, Group dynamics game 
Number of players: 6 to 20 
Location: almost everywhere
Equipment: none 
Duration: 5-10 minutes 
Preparation: none 

All player stand up in a circle. The close their eyes, stretch their arms to the circle's center, and with each hand grab a hand of someone else. Both hands should be from different persons and they should not be from neighboring people.

The task that follows is easy to explain, but often hard to fulfill: Everybody opens his eyes and the group has to open the knot. Of course, all grabbing hands may not be released.

This game trains the coordination of a group and helps to develop the group itself. Note, that not every knot can be solved that way (it could be a "gordian" one) , so support the group in continuing if there might be a solution, or in forming a new knot if there is not.

2. Spider's net

Type: Group dynamics game
Number of players: around 10
Location: typically outdoors, between two trees
Equipment: thin ropes (or cord or something similar)
Duration: about 10 minutes
Preparation: build the net

The referee has to prepare a network from the ropes. This is usually be done between two trees. The network should contain holes big enough so that people can possibly fit through the hole without touching the ropes (when supported by other people). There should be more holes than people (per group).

The group gets the following task: help each other so that every member of the group can pass though a hole without touching the ropes. Each hole can be used only once (can be used by only one person). Nobody may go to the other side except though a hole (so: the first and the last person get less help then the others).

3. Floating pole

Type: Group dynamics game
Number of players: about 10-20
Location: almost everywhere
Equipment: eine long, inflexible pole
Duration: 10-20 Minuten
Preparation: keine
    The players stand next to each other looking in one direction, or in two lines facing each other if there are more players. They strech their arms in the height of their chest, form a fist on each hand but strech their forefingers. The referee puts the pole on their fingers.

    As soon as the game starts, each player has to touch the pole with both fingers (on the pole's "bottom side"). The group may not talk with each other (adjourn that rule if the group is not yet well-established, of if the task proves to be too hard for the group). Their task is to lay down the pole on the floor.

    The task sounds simple, but as everybody has to touch the pole, there is a natural tendency that the pole starts to rise instead of moving downwards. Groups can seldomly solve the task on the first try. 

    Source: game-wiki.org

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