Team Building Activity: Tarp Flip

Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network has long used tarp flip, a team building activity classic to promote team creativity and camaraderie.

The best part of this activity is that you can improvise the materials with recycled tarps (or even used rice sacks if you up to it).

Tarp flip team building activity

Here is simple guide on conducting the Tarp Flip activity:


Approximately 5 ft x 5 ft tarp, length and width variations are acceptable

Number of participants:

6 to 15 per group. You may have more than one group depending on how many tarps you have.


Flip the tarp as a team.

Tarp flip team building activity
University of Cebu Webmasters, June 2016


  1. Your group has to stand on top of the tarp.
  2. The group has to flip the tarp without touching the floor.
  3. Participants are not allowed to touch the tarp with their hands.
  4. Touching the floor is not allowed.
  5. Breach of these instructions will result in restarting the activity.

Possible debriefing questions can include the following:

1. What factors helped you as a team in flipping the tarp?  
2. In what way did you work together/ not work together during the activity?


  • 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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