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Tangles – Free Team Building Game

Duration: 30 minutes

Intended for:

This free team building game works well during programmes involving team building or team working elements. It can also double up as an energiser during a lull in a training programme.

Training course contents:

Instructions to help you run the team building game, Tangles’ can be downloaded for free from the link at the bottom of this page, or you can follow the notes below.

Resources Needed – a long piece of rope (about 3 metres, tied so that it makes a large circle, a clear space large enough to allow the detanglers to move around and 5 or more blindfolds.


Start by explaining that you are going to split participants into two teams – The Detanglers (minimum of 5 people) and the Observers.

Look for volunteers for each group in the first instance, and if none are forthcoming, split the group up yourself.

The Detanglers are to be blindfolded and huddled together. Wrap the rope around them, looping it over them, and ask each person in the Detanglers to hold onto the rope with both hands.

They have precisely 10 minutes to form the rope into a perfect square, without taking their hands off of it. When they think they have a square, or when the 10 minutes are up, they must place the rope on the floor and place a foot on it, before removing their blindfolds.

On completion, ask the Observers to give feedback on how they worked as a team.

Lead a short discussion on how team working is important, what worked well, not so well, and what can be improved upon. How can this exercise be related to the work place?


For participants to experience working in a team and to analyse the performance of their team and/or to help re energise participants during a training course.

This Team Building Game works well with our Team Building Training Materials.

Tangles – Free Team Building Game


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