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Circle Untangle

Also known as: The Human Knot

Action games Team building games Icebreaker games Junior youth games Large group games

How To Play Circle Untangle

This is an all time classic icebreaker game!

Everyone stands in a big circle and then grabs onto two different peoples hands (not the people standing on either side of them).

Once everyone is holding onto two other peoples hands then the aim is to work together to untangle the circle.

Depending on how many people you have this can take a long time or can be completed very quickly.

Materials Needed

Relatively large space, hands


Working together as one

Submitted by Maria on 14 Jun 2010 12:00:00

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I love this game could not tell you hom many times i have played it. Works well with groups who don't know a lot of people or are just really shy.

Posted by Joshua Dillon on 14 Dec 2010 at 4:07:58

Please explain how this game works??? Who's hands do you grab and how if it's not the person next to you. If you're standing in a circle???

Posted by Eddie on 1 Feb 2012 at 11:07:30

It makes no sense? Explain

Posted by Eddie on 1 Feb 2012 at 11:26:45

The following site gives specific directions for how to do this fun activity:

Posted by Kelly on 6 Feb 2012 at 4:44:39

This game is even funnier and takes even longer if every third person is blindfolded!!

Posted by Courtney on 1 Dec 2012 at 11:10:27

You grab the hands of anyone but the people next to you, so that everyone's hands are tangled together.

Posted by PhilUK on 13 Nov 2013 at 12:27:00

This Icebreaker is great!

Posted by Irene on 23 Aug 2017 at 11:44:23

I absolutely love this game one of my teachers taught me this game and I love it it's so fun especially with bigger groups you can divide a big group into smaller groups and then play this game with other groups of 4 or 8 and so on

Posted by Deborah-jay on 18 Apr 2019 at 11:04:14

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