In "Love Connects Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Divide participants into two teams and invite each team to form a line. Then pass out the lengths of rope, asking participants to stay in the line formation and take one end of a length of rope in each hand. When you are done, each team will form a long chain of people and ropes. Only the two participants at the ends of each line will have a hand free; all the others will have both hands on a rope.
Note: This works best for teams with an even number of members, so the number of ropes will be odd, creating a center rope for the knot. You may wish to make unequal teams (for example, divide 14 children into a team of eight and a team of six, rather than two teams of seven). If one team has an odd number of members, a co-leader can participate.
Say, in your own words:
Each team's task is to create one knot in the center of your rope-and-people chain without letting go of the ropes you are holding.
Help teams identify the center of their chain if they are not sure where it is.
Eventually they will discover that the trick is to have all the team members act as one large rope and manipulate their bodies like a train so the knot can be tied in the center. After the teams manage to tie the center knot by working together, reflect on the activity with questions such as:
Position a participant in a wheelchair, on crutches, or with other mobility challenges at either end of their team's line, so they will have one hand free to assist their movement. If a participant cannot grasp the rope or move freely and safely enough to participate on their own, you could pair that person with a volunteer who will partner with them to act as a single team member.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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