Team Building Activity: Spider Web or Electric Fence

Everyone appreciates a good song. When not sung, it becomes more of a poem. Of course when talking about poems, one of the things that always comes to mind are rhymes. And I bet we are all familiar with nursery rhymes.

The more common ones are Humpty Dumpty, The Three Blind Mice, Baa Baa Black Sheep, and of course, The Itsy Bitsy Spider. As what you might have already read, our activities take inspiration from everywhere and everything, including nursery rhymes. How would you sing your way up to this blog’s challenge: The Spider Web? It's also known as the "electric fence" to other facilitators and we wouldn't be surprised if it's yet referred to with other activity names. We do know that many facilitators refer to this activity as the spider web largely because it involves ropes weaved just like a spider web.
spider web team building activity
Saint Anthony Mother and Child Hospital, October 2015


Ropes and Straws to make a imitation of a spider’s web (Form and size depends on the facilitator/activity marshal as long as spaces are big enough for a person to go through and provide for a variety of options).

Number of Participants:

8 – 15 is ideal


To get to the other side through the spider web.
spider web team building activity
RDT Industrial Sales and Services, May 2017


  1. The facilitator/s will position the group on one side of the web
  2. Only one person could go through the web at a time
  3. No one is allowed to have physical contact with the web
  4. People who have already crossed can’t go back to the other side
*Metaphors can be used here depending on the learning objectives.

To stimulate team learning, you may ask these following questions:
  1. What made this activity challenging?
  2. What did you do about it?
  3. If there is one thing you would have wanted to change while doing the challenge, what is it and why?

Now the question would be, would you just let the rain wash you out or would you dry yourself from the sun and, like the itsy bitsy spider, went up to challenge again?

  • 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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