TEAMBUILDING - Defuse the Bomb
The objective of this blindfold activity is for smaller sub-teams to work together and communicate effectively to retrieve a bomb before the other teams. This fun challenge focuses on communication and cooperation.
Footballs, neckers as blindfolds
Equipment Required: Rope to mark start line, blindfold for each team and a ‘bomb’ e.g. a mini football.
Space Required: Medium to Large. Indoors or outdoors.
Group Size: 6 to 12 but can be done with larger groups (rotating roles)
Total Time: 30 minutes
• 5 minutes to brief and set up
• 20 minutes for team activity (rotate team roles)
• 5 minutes to review and debrief
Split the group into smaller sub-teams of 3-5 people. There are three key roles in each team. The first participant is the ‘Robot’. They stand blindfolded in front of the start line, facing out into the game area. Position participant two on the other side of the starting line facing away from the activity area. They are the ‘Communicator’. Participant three stands facing the activity area and observes the Robot. This participant must not talk – they may use any other communication method to indicate direction to participant two. Participant two must then verbalise these signals and guide the robot to retrieve the bomb.
Robot: Blindfolded, facing bomb, only participant permitted in the activity area.
Communicator: Faces away from activity area, must NEVER observe the robot.
Observer: Faces activity area, cannot talk at all
After the first event, allow the teams to discuss a strategy, then try again. Discuss what went well/what could be improved.
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