Lower the Toobeez tube to the ground.
Time: 1 minute
Group Size: 6
Time: 40 – 60 minutes
Mental Intensity: 3+
Physical Intensity: 1
Appropriate caution is important to conduct these activities in a safe manner. Be sure to review these reminders prior to beginning the activity, and if necessary, share reminders with the group during the activity.
1. Circle up the group.
Distribute or display the appropriate “Risk Taking Note” for the activity. Have one participant read it aloud twice. Provide a few moments for the participants to think about the message:
“Only as high as I reach can I grow,
Only as far as I seek can I go,
Only as deep as I look can I see,
Only as much as I dream can I be.”
– Karen Ravn
2. Share the following storyline with group.
You need to keep this helium rod from floating away. It is the only thing that will help you leave the island where your team is stranded! Work together to bring it down to the land, and you will have what you need to go where you want to go!
3. Read aloud the following Activity Challenge Box to the group.
Challenge: Lower the Toobeez tube to the ground. Follow the guidelines below:
4. To begin the activity, have participants first work through the Problem Solving Sequence (six sequence steps).
5. Divide your group in half and have them create two parallel lines (approximately 12 – 18 inches apart) facing each other and holding out their index fingers at waist level. The participants stand shoulder to shoulder.
6. Place a Toobeez tube on top of their fingers. *IMPORTANT – when you place the tube on their fingers, do so from behind and in the middle of one of the lines and ALWAYS KEEP YOUR HAND ON TOP OF THE TUBE to prevent the group from raising the tube in the air.
7. With your hand still on the tube, read the following directions: “As a group, you must lower this tube to the ground without even a single person on the team losing contact with the tube. Should someone lose contact with the tube you must start again.”
8. Release your hand from the tube. Here’s what typically happens in this activity: When you give the directions and then release the tube, the group will often times RAISE the tube (not lower it)! It’s likely to take several attempts to just keep the tube steady. You may have to stop this activity several times mid-stream to help the group.
9. If participants get stuck, have the students circle up again. Here are some suggested questions* to help guide the group back on track:
*Do not provide the participants with answers. Allow them to work together.
10. If your group is still struggling OR if you feel your group would benefit from an additional challenge, present a variation provided on the next page.
11. After the activity, move to the debriefing questions for discussion.
1. Increasing Difficulty: More people and a longer helium stick.
One tube can easily accommodate a team of six people. If you have more people, make a longer tube by adding a length of tube, but this makes the activity harder.
2. Building up to this activity: Making it a little bit easier.
Have people pair with a long tube. Have each pair lower their tube to the ground so they can experience success. Then have people form groups of four and repeat the activity. Increase the group size until you have everyone working on one long tube.
Debriefing the Activity.
Use these debriefing questions as a guide for your discussion. Select the questions you feel will best benefit your group. It is not mandatory to cover every question. If possible, record the group’s responses on flip chart paper so all comments are displayed.
Make sure to let everyone share their ideas, and remind participants that everyone’s opinions and feelings are important!
Here are the available Teambuilding Training Options.
Base questions for debriefing:
Close on a Positive Note
Sum up the different ideas and feelings that you heard expressed, and restate ideas and learning moments the participants shared. Then, read the Risk Taking Note out loud again, and ask people to discuss what they think this note means. Discuss what they thought it meant at the beginning and what they think it means now.