Team Building Activity: Human Pinball

I enjoyed playing the game of pinball in my analog mobile phone in the past. Then I came across a structured learning exercise the author called human pinball. I no longer remember where I first encountered it but have been using it extensively in our many training programs. We usually use it as a getting to know activity and icebreaker.



Human pinball involves flipping balls and defending the space in between your legs to prevent balls from coming through.

Teradyne BSC staff do the human pinball
Teradyne BSC staff do the human pinball



Here's how it is done:

Materials:

We need balls for this activity. From experience, more balls means more fun. Smaller plastic balls are also safer to use.

Objectives:

Defend space between legs while at the same time try to get balls into the space between the legs of others. 

Mechanics

  1. Have the group stand in a circle.
  2. Feet apart as wide as possible for balls to go through
  3. Each participant's feet much touch the feet of the persons next to them
  4. No throwing of balls. Balls can only be flipped underhand.
  5. Group may decide on consequences for people who had balls go through their legs.



Notes:
  • 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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