Helium Stick

Team Builder



Kindergarten & Fourth Grade

1st Grade & Third Grade

2nd Grade & 5th Grade

Your Goal: To lower the helium stick to the ground.

Rules: The helium stick must rest on top of each team member's index finger. You may not grasp or pinch the stick. Begin at chest hight. If at any point a team member's finger becomes disconnected from the helium stick, the group must begin again.

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  • What was the initial reaction of the group?
  • How well did the group cope with this challenge?
  • What skills did it take to be successful as a group?
  • What creative solutions were suggested and how were they received?
  • What would an outside observer have seen as the strengths and weaknesses of the group?
  • What roles did people play?
  • What did each group member learn about him/her self as an individual?
  • What other situations (e.g., at school, home or work) are like the Helium Stick?