Team Building Activity: Punctured Gallon

Punctured barrel is a popular beach team building activity. This activity strengthens the team’s camaraderie and teamwork.

It is up for your team on how you can accomplish the learning objectives using the punctured barrel team building activity. Facilitators can also help with the debrief.
punctured barrel team building activity
Kumon Tacloban Center, May 2015


Fill the punctured barrel with water until the ball inside comes out.
punctured barrel team building activity
Fairchild Cebu Cooperative, January 2017

Materials needed:

  • Punctured Barrel or gallon (filled with holes)
  • Ping Pong Balls
  • Lots of water. Ideally, the venue for doing this activity is the beach as it will be wasteful to do it elsewhere.
  • Tabo or Mug

Number of Participants:

Good for 5 – 8 participants for each team


  1. Complete the objective by only using your body parts and materials provided or agreed upon.
  2. No other materials are allowed. Penalty for using disallowed materials is a restart of the activity.
  3. The team must accomplish the objective within the time limit.
punctured barrel team building activity
Universal Feedmill Corporation, March 2017

Here are some questions to further facilitate the team’s learning:
  1. How did the challenge made you feel?
  2. What made you feel that way?
  3. What went wrong and what went right?
  4. How did you manage to finish the task?
  5. What contributed in failing to accomplish the task?

punctured barrel team building activity
Teradyne Business Support Center, September 2014

  • 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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