This is a group problem solving & communication energiser exercise and can be used to help energise participants during a training session, whilst emphasising the importance of working together as a team.
Training course contents:
A free set of instructions for the energiser, ‘Pipeline’ can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page, or you can follow the notes below.
Several lengths of pipe
Several balls or a container holding water
This energiser activity involves different sized balls or even water moving down different lengths of pipe. However, each participant only has one short length of pipe each, and the start and finish points can be separated by an obstacle course!
As facilitator, you can control how hard or easy to make this task. You can take them over obstacles, down stairs, around trees, etc.
If, for example, the group is in the forming stage, put only one minor obstacle in the path and create the opportunity for a fairly instant success, which will show how well teamwork can go.
If the team is functioning cohesively, make the obstacle course longer and harder and more physically challenging in order to deepen their experience of what they can achieve together.
Brief the participants on the start line and the finish point (you can do this by providing a final coloured container, or even landing into a bowl of water etc.), and give them any extra rules you may wish to add to the task, such as: every person must carry the ball at least once; participants need to take turns in a certain order; or both feet must remain on the floor at all times. You can provide any variation to the challenge to make it fit with your particular training session.
Give the group the pipes and the ball/s and 5 minutes planning time.
Allow the group several attempts if you have the time and they have the motivation, or keep it to one attempt and draw out the key points in the debrief.
This energiser specifically highlights the importance of each member’s actions in a team and can be used as a communication, create problem solving or even competitive activity.
This energiser could also be quite happily used as a team building activity.
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