Team Building Activity: Human Knot

We all are familiar of knots, I believe. The knot that we would be most acquainted with is the knot for our shoelaces. Maybe we got to know more knots. Like when we put our earphones on our pockets or bags and magically they tie themselves into knots. Or more especially when we are dealing with ropes and laces. Of course we don’t need to get technical and name all the knots on the chart, but you get the point. Seems like people can get entangled in a knot of their own too.

Have you ever encountered the challenging team building activity called the Human Knot? Let us find out in this post how it is done.
Human Knot team building activity
YYKredit accounting staff in 2015


Humans, we need humans!

Number of participants:

8 – 12 is an ideal number


To untie the human knot


  1. The facilitator will instruct the participants to form a circle, reach out across with both hands and grip another person's hand like doing a handshake.
  2. The facilitator gives the signal when the group can start to figure out how to untangle the knot without letting go of any hands
  3. They are allowed to move as they please

This activity can be done for the pure fun of doing it or to stimulate team learning, you may ask these following questions:
  1. What did the group do for this challenge?
  2. How did you untie the knot?
  3. If not, what were the things that you could have done to get the objective?
Now that you have familiarized it, are you ready to untie the human knot? As what the challenge always presents to our participants, can you or can you knot? That is the question.

  • 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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