The Human Knot

Name of Group Game: The Human Knot





Medium Group (10 - 19 people)


Age: High School - Adult

Time: 20– 25 minutes (time varies with number of people in game)

Summary: As a team, untangle yourselves to form a full circle again.

Goal: Work together to become a circle again.

How to Play The Human Knot Game:
1. Arrange everyone to be in a large circle. When you say “go”, everyone needs to join hands with another person across the circle.

2. The object of the game is to work together to untangle everyone to become a large circle. Everyone’s hands must be joined with the other person at all times. This may require some outside help/consulting and coordination, as well as a bit of climbing, etc. This game requires people to be close to each other.

*Note of caution: This game requires people to be in close proximity with each other- be sure that everyone is okay with being close to one another.

- If the group is unable to fully untangle themselves after 10 or 15 minutes, let one person unlink and rejoin their hand with someone else’s (the other two people need to join hands). The group can strategize and decide who they’d like to unlink/rejoin.

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