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Trust The Zip

Goal:

  • To cooperate with others.
  • To build up trust between the participants.

Instructions:

  • Every participant, except one volunteer, lies down one after one in a line, with every second person’s legs facing the other direction. This makes everybody’s heads touching, creating ”a zip”.
  • After everybody’s zipped together, they raise their hands in the air, with palms facing up.
  • The volunteer then lies down facing up on their hands and they slowly try to carry him/her to the other side of the line.
  • Then he/she replaces any person in the line who wants to be next.

 

Variations:

  • Competition:
    If you have enough space, you can make two or more groups (with the same number of participants), which will compete against each other. In this case, the person who gets carried lies down in the line where he/she finishes, while the first person from the other end gets carried next until every person from the group does. Whichever group finishes first, wins.

Reflection:

  • How did it feel?
  • Did you trust others?
Things to keep in mind…
  • There is a higher risk of injury. Therefore, the best environment for this activity is outside on the grass. Otherwise, tell participants to pay more attention and don’t let anyone fall on their face.
  • The idea is for everyone to try, but obviously don’t push anybody who doesn’t want to (because of objective/subjective reasons).

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