A team-building icebreaker game for small groups
- Play anywhere
- Multiple Teams
- Quick (5 - 15 mins)
- No cost
- No Mess
- Team Building
- Small Groups
How To Play Helium Stick
You can do this team building activity with a single group (maybe as an team growth activity for your small group) or as a bigger group team challenge.
You'll need a group with at least four or five people in it, and then one instructor.
Get the group members to line up in a line in pairs (one on either side). It doesn't matter if there is an odd number. Then get each person to face towards each other. Get each person to be staggered and place a hand in front of them with their index finger pointed out. Place the pole on top of all of the index fingers so it is resting evenly. Make sure all index fingers are touching the pole.
The aim of the activity is to get the group to completely lower the pole to the ground without anyone losing touch with it at any stage. This is why it is important to have a leader or instructor watching carefully to catch them out.
A common occurrence as the group begins the team building activity for the first time is that everyone will be so focussed on keeping their index finger touching the pole that the pole will actually start rising instead of lowering. Have a laugh with the group!
The secret is for the group to settle down and take it slowly.
If you're running this activity with multiple groups then you could do it as a race which could make things even funnier - just make sure you've got someone judging each group so there is no cheating.
Long & light-weight pole
on 11 October 2012