Team Building Activity: Helium Ring

The Helium Ring team building exercise has been used in the team building trade for many years already, and is deemed one of the classics. If you haven’t tried it yet, here’s a simple guide to conducting this fun, play-based team building exercise.  

Helium ring team building exercise
Autoliv 2014


Hula hoop or any light ring material. A curtain rod or any other straight pole can also be used for a similar play-based team building exercise called Helium Rod. Examples are tent poles and pipes made of plastic.

Helium ring team building exercise
Activation Machine 2015

Number of participants:

8 to 15 would be ideal. Group size depends on the ring or rod.

Helium ring team building exercise
Triplewell Construction and LMP Construction  2017


Lower the hula hoop to the ground as a group.

Helium ring team building exercise
Avega Bros Integrated Shipping Company 2017


  1. Each member of the group are to evenly position themselves around the hula hoop.
  2. Everyone’s index fingers should be touching the bottom part of the hoop at all times.
  3. All index fingers should point towards the person in front of them (or pointing to the direction they are facing. No fingers pointing up or down.
  4. Any breach of instructions shall result in a restart of the team building exercise. 

Helium ring team building exercise
Site Concepts International 2017

The activity can be productive with or without debriefing questions. To stimulate team learning, you may ask these sample questions after the play-based exercise:

  1. In what respect has the activity made use of your teamwork?
  2. How was your communication during the activity?
  3. What did you notice about your team's working dynamics when given a task?

Helium ring team building exercise
Sunpride Foods 2016

Enjoy trying out this team building classic!

Helium ring team building exercise
First Multitech Industrial Development Corporation (FMIDC) 2016

  • The instructions for this activity was recreated by the Learning and Development Division of the Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network . Led by Philipp Chen Tan, other members of the division are Kevin Johnrey Sosas, Paulo Frangelyco Magallon, and Marc Julius Rizada.
  • CTFN does not claim ownership of this activity. For a list of references used to recreate activity instructions, please visit our Directory of Activities page.

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