In brief: To un-entangle from cress-crossing arms.
Introduction: The group is required to find ways to untangle themselves from a chaotic mess of human chain.
How to play:
- Everyone stands in a circle, shoulder to shoulder.
- Everyone stretches out his/her left arm and links hands with someone across the circle.
- Do the same with the right arm.
- Make sure each person grabs the right or left hands of 2 different people.
- You will now see a mess of entangled hands and arms.
- The group is supposed to untangle itself without anyone letting go of anyone’s hands.
- If a dead knot occurs or if the group is stuck, allow the group to free 1 pair of hands and reconnect in another position. This should only be done once.
- Do not interlock fingers. Hands should be held lightly so that the owners can turn in any direction necessary without letting go.
- Instead of linking directly with hands, have the hands connected via ropes. There will be a 2-meter rope between a pair of hands. This will allow more personal space among the players and is good for groups with members whose culture does not allow them to hold the hands of strangers or those of opposite gender.
- Do not let the players know the aim of the game at the start to avoid a planned execution when tossing the rope. Of course, another way to play it IS to let the players know the aim of the game. Hence, they need to strategise how the hands should be linked so that the whole group can dis-entangle themselves in the fastest time possible.
Notes to the Facilitator:
Do not let the players know the aim of the game at the start to avoid a planned execution when tossing the rope.