Web of Strings
This exercise is intended to be fun and highly collaborative. To complete the required task, participants must work together and be mindful of each other's needs.
This activity can be done in an open space or on a table top depending on how large your group is and how they prefer to work. You will need several strings, two empty containers heavy enough to resist small knocks or bumps (heavy mugs, bowls, boxes, etc.), and one object that can fit inside each of your containers and that will not roll too easily (hacky sack, toy, notebook, pen, etc.).
Tip: try to include participants with a broad range of needs and preferences. The more diverse your group is, the more challenging and more meaningful the activity becomes.
Tip: to calculate how many strings you need, divide the number of participants in your group by two. If you have an uneven number, you can tie one half a string to the middle of another string and lay it out so it is perpendicular to that string.
Tip: you need to match the size and weight of the object you are moving with the density of the web. The more strings you have, the denser your web will be, and the heavier the object it can hold.
- Place the empty containers at least 1 ft from each other. The further away the containers are from each other, the more challenging this activity becomes.
- Lay out all of the strings so that they intersect at the middle, with the intersection point lying over top of one of your containers (see Figures below).
- Place the object on the intersection point of the strings, in the first container.
- Each participant holds one end of a string.
Tip: the strings do not necessarily need to be held by hand. For example, a participant may use their mouth, or the end of a string can be attached to a wheelchair.
Work together as a team to transfer the object from one container to the other one without dropping it, by collaboratively lifting and moving the web of strings.
Tip: if there are members in the group that require audio description, make sure to describe the direction of movement, the state of the object, the distance to the other container, and anything else that might help them to participate fully.
Tip: feel free to explore creative ways of working together with your group to complete this challenge.
This activity helps to make the experience of working collaboratively toward a common goal more tangible. The task requires that no one person overpower the others. Participants learn how to move in unison to keep the object from falling or rolling off the web, focusing on moving to the destination while working closely with each other.