Desert Island Survival

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Team game where each group is stranded on an island with limited resources and have to work out how to survive.


Resource Cards (or pictures, actual objects)


Divide the Pack into teams and give each team a set of cards with limited resources. Tell them they have been stranded on an island and they need to decide what they need to survive and how they would use it. Make sure that no team has everything they need. Give one team lots of a key resource and another team lots of a different key resource (e.g. water). Give different teams parts that are needed to use a resource (e.g. one team a fishing rod, one team a hook or one team a torch, one team batteries). After 5 minutes decision time, tell the teams they can send one member at a time to trade with the other islands. Let them trade for 10 minutes and see what surprising combinations of resources they come up with. Finish the game by bringing the teams together in a circle and getting each team to explain how they would use their resources to survive.

EDITED 11/04/16 - Added alternative resources cards.


  • Negotiation
  • Outdoor
  • survival
  • survival kit
  • survival skills
  • team games
  • Teambuilding
  • teamwork

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  • Skills - Problem solving
  • Teamwork - Team game
  • Teamwork - Team-building