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Helium Stick

This activity is part of the upcoming Life Skills Initiative - stay tuned for more information!

During this activity, you'll work together with fingers pointed out, supporting a light stick. Your mission? Bring the stick to the ground as a team. But there's a twist – no one can hold or catch it! Cooperation and focus are key, and you'll discover how unity leads to success.

Key Competencies

  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Problem-solving

Materials Needed

  • 3 to 5 slightly heavy wooden sticks
Activity Description
  1. Gather a group of 8 to 10 friends or teammates and stand in a circle, facing each other.

  2. Extend your arms towards the center of the circle and point your fingers out. Imagine creating a platform with your fingers.

  3. Place a very light stick (like a thin, long rod) on top of everyone's fingers, making sure it's balanced.

  4. The objective of the activity is to bring the stick down to the ground together as a team.

  5. Remember the rules: Throughout the activity, everyone must keep their fingers touching the stick at all times. No one is allowed to hold or catch the stick with their hands.

  6. Now, start working together to lower the stick toward the ground. Communicate with each other, make adjustments, and support the stick collaboratively.

  7. It's essential that every member stays focused and actively participates. If even one person loses focus, the stick might not come down.

  8. Keep trying, even if you face challenges and get frustrated. Persevere as a team, and don't worry if the stick accidentally goes up instead of down—it's all part of the learning experience!

Remember, the key to success is teamwork and coordination. Have fun with the activity and see how well your group can work together to achieve the goal! After the activity, make sure to reflect on these questions with your team: 

  • During the activity, how did you feel? 
  • Why did you feel like that? Did this feeling make it harder for you to achieve your objective? 
  • How will you deal with such feelings later on in order to work together as a team and achieve your goals? 
Get Ready for the Activity

Keep in mind that the objective for the facilitator is to make sure the team remains patient and does not lose their temper even if frustration arises during the activity. 

Time needed

30 minutes


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Time needed

30 minutes