Trusting Teamwork Treasure-Hunt
Keep your partner safe in this game of trust.
What you’ll need: A partner, a small piece of fabric (such as a scarf or jumper), paper and something to draw with
What’s it for?
This activity will help you practice directing someone who can’t see where they are going, and following directions with trust. This will help you to build your relationship and communication skills.
Notice how you’re feeling right now. Close your eyes and notice what’s going on inside your mind and body.
How are you feeling?
What are you thinking?
How does your body feel?
Before you start, decide with your partner what the ‘treasure’ is you are trying to find. Are you pirates looking for buried gold? Are you squirrels looking for acorns? Imagine where you are and what challenges you might face. If you’d like to, draw a treasure map and pretend where there might be spots you need to avoid dangers! Decide who will go first in the game. One person will be the leader and one will be the follower. Choose who will go first, and where the ‘treasure’ is in the room.
Work with your partner to check that the area where you are playing is clear and that there’s nothing you can trip over. You want to work together to make sure you are both safe.
The leader and the follower should each hold a side of the fabric. The follower should close their eyes, and the leader should carefully and slowly lead them around the room until they get to the treasure. The leader should talk to the follower while they move to help them know where to go.
When you have successfully made it to the treasure, move it to a new spot and swap roles!
Extra Activity: If you have enough space, use some tape to create a maze together. Can you lead one another through the maze without stepping on the lines? Could you direct one another through the maze using your voice without the scarf?
When you’ve finished, spend a moment reflecting on the activity and ask yourself the following questions:
Did you find it easier to be the leader or the follower? Why was this?
How did it feel to be led with your eyes closed? How was your body feeling?
How did you make sure your follower was safe when you were the leader? Would you do anything differently next time?
What characters were you pretending to be? How would they feel when they found their ‘treasure’?
This activity uses a game to help you communicate and build trust with your partner. This can help you develop your relationship skills.
Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything surprising? What can you take away to make you feel better about yourself from this activity?
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Created by Heather Dingle © November 2020
Creative Arts Used: Drama, art
Psychological Areas Explored: Resilience, Relationships, Communication
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