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Don’t Spill It!

Duration: 30 minutes

Intended for:

Use this free training game to develop discussions around problem solving and communication between teams.

Training course contents:

A one sheet set of instructions for the training game, ‘Don’t Spill It!’ can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, you can follow the instructions here.

Place participants into two teams and provide each with a few items i.e. string, sticky tape, paper etc. and also a wine glass filled with water.

You can supply them with as many or as few items as you like to make the game as challenging as you feel it needs to be.

Tell them they have 20 minutes before they will be asked to stop and try out their idea.

Their task is to find a way of getting the glass across the room without touching the floor or spilling any water. The team that does it in the quickest time is the winner.


Review – this training game is really not about the task at all. It is centred around how the teams communicate, who becomes the leader and what behavioural elements are displayed.

Example review questions are:
What worked?

What didn’t work?

What would you do differently?

How did you reach your decisions?

What roles did group members adopt?

Did you listen to each other?

What have you learned about the functions of a group?

What would you do next time?

Did anyone emerge as a leader? Why?

How did this influence the choices?

How do your actions during the game reflect real life?


This training game is useful to provide a fun discussion point around problem solving and communication and is also useful within leadership skills and influencing skills training courses.

Don’t Spill It!


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