Spatial Requirements: Gym/outdoor space required
Activity Type: Movement/group
Grades: 3-12
Group Size: 5-30
Time: 20 minutes

Introduction: This active group activity demonstrates that a team’s success is dependent on every member of the group. It illustrates the idea that a group is impacted by even the smallest decisions of each team member.


  • A roll of plastic wrap (Saran wrap, cling wrap) for each team
  • A timer


Before the activity begins, designate an area as “A” and an area as “B.” These points should be across the room/gym from each other.

As you begin, form students into teams of 5 or more. Have them gather at the area you have designated as point A.

Wrap the teams in the plastic wrap around their waists, forming a cling film belt. This should be tight enough to “bond” them together as one unit. It should also be several layers thick. Give students a few minutes to strategize how they will move the entire wrapped group from point A to point B.

When you are ready, remind students of the goal. Tell them to begin and start the timer. 

Repeat the exercise, allowing students to re-strategize in between rounds. Challenge teams to beat their previous time.

Processing the Experience:

  • What was most difficult about this activity?
  • How did it feel to be limited by the speed of the team?
  • How did it feel to be partially responsible for the performance of the team? How is this like Relational Resilience?
  • Did you ever feel that you were holding your team back? What was that like?
  • Did you ever feel that the team was holding you back? What feelings did that create?
  • As you realized you were dependent on each other as a team, how did your strategy change for the second round?
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