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Icebreaker: Untie Knots

Ice Breaker: Untie Knots


This is an entertaining physical exercise which engages delegates physically and mentally. This activity can be used as an ice breaker at the start of the session or as an energiser after lunch.


Participants are asked to untie knots in a long rope.

What You Need

  • A long rope (at least 2 meters) with 3 or 4 knots for each pair


  • Divide the participants into pairs.
  • Give one rope to each pair, each person in the pair should hold one end of the rope.
  • Instruct participants to untie the knots in the rope without letting go of their end of the rope as quickly as they can.


Explaining the Exercise: 5 minutes.

Activity: 15 minutes

Group Feedback: 10 minutes.


Ask the delegates how did they approach the problem? Did they have to switch strategies? How quickly did they realise that a solution will not work? How receptive were they to the opinion of their team mates?