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Group Size
Small groups 6 to 12 people.

10-15 min.


  • Category
    Team building
  • Topic
  • Objective
    The main goal is to encourage participation.
  • Materials
    1 large ball of string (size depends on the number of participants) 1 or 2 questions to discuss.
  • Designed by

In this activity, the participants sit in a circle while the facilitator poses a discussion question or questions.

A ball of yarn, or twine, or string is passed to each person who speaks. After a participant speaks, they hold on to part of the string and pass or toss the ball to the next speaker.

By the end of the discussion, the rope will form a web between the participants, showing who spoke and connecting them all together.

This can be used as an icebreaker activity with a low-stakes question like “what is your favorite hobby?” or to track the discussion of more course-centric topics.