Human Knot Game

The human knot game is considered one of the best “get-to-know-you” ice-breaker game and a team building activity where participants work together in a physical proximity.

The basic purpose of the game is to untangle the “human knot” formed by connecting hands with each other and to get back in a perfect circle without breaking the chain. One of the best team activity game, it helps a group to learn about working together.

Learning Outcomes

  • Better communication
  • Problem solving
  • Cooperation
  • Time management
  • Teamwork
  • Trust


  • Equipment: none
  • Space: small to large (can be played indoors if the group is small)
  • Effective age group: 12 and above
  • Participants: Optimal number is 7 to 200 (group sizes of 10 are ideal)
  • Time: 20-30 minutes

How to play the human knot game?

The human knot game can be an adventurous first-time team building activity. Ensure that you have a good team size of about 7 to 16 so that it does not get more complex and also because a large or a small group can leave physically very little space to move. Here is how the human knot game is played:

  • Ask all the participants in the group to form a circle.
  • Get each participantĀ to place one of their hand in the middle of the circle and hold the hand of another person.
  • To add more fun, ask the participants to introduce themselves after they hold someone else’s hand.
  • Ask participants again to put their other hand in the middle of the circle and hold another person’s hand.
  • Check to see if they are holding hands of a person right next to them. A participant can’t hold the hand of a person standing in adjacency.
  • Detail them the process of the game and let them know that they are required to untangle the knot without letting go of the hands. They can change the gripĀ if they require to, but they should not unclasp and re-clasp.
  • Ask all the participants to get in a comfortable position and talk to each other and not push or pull.
  • Set a time limit to add more challenge and monitor through the game.
  • Restart if they break the chain in the middle of the game.

As a facilitator, you need to closely observe the game and be ready to step up anytime if they require directions. Also, keep a close eye on the participants and ask them to communicate and become friendly with each other so that they can get comfortable. Boost their morale and encourage their momentum to work together and help them to build some confidence.

Have you tried the human knot game as a team building activity before? Let me know about the experience in the comments below!

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