Can Span Team Building Activity 0

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In this activity, the team has to span the distance between the cans using only the materials provided.



10 cans, unopened
10 toothpicks
10 drinking straws
5 paper clips
2 rubber bands
Length of string (20cm)
Length of masking tape (20cm)



Place the cans on the floor in a row. They should be 20cm apart from each other.

Can Span Team Building Activity
Running the Activity

Explain the activity: The aim of the activity is to span the distance between the cans using only the resources provided. The team is given a time limit of 4 minutes to span as many cans as possible.
The team receives 5 minutes of planning time to plan their build.
Once they are ready, they can begin the activity.


Only the provided resources can be used to span the cans.
Each completed span should rest on the top of the cans. No materials should touch the floor.
The cans cannot be moved.


If there is more than one team participating, you can make it a challenge to see which team can complete spanning all the cans first.
Increase the distance between the cans in order to make the activity more challenging.

Suggested Learning Outcomes

Problem solving


Suggested questions to ask:

How did the planning time help you execute the activity?
How did the team decide on the method of spanning the cans?
How well did you communicate during the challenge?
Why was cooperation important during this challenge?
What could you have done better as a team?
What did you learn from the challenge?

10 minutes to brief and setup
10 minutes for the activity
10 minutes to review and debrief


  • communication
  • cooperation game, teamwork
  • creatiive
  • Problem solving
  • team building

Badge Links

  • Skills - Problem solving
  • Teamwork - Team-building