Grade: all
Subject: Phys Ed

#1272. Humon Knot

Phys Ed, level: all
Posted Tue Aug 24 22:43:18 PDT 1999 by Thad Schmenk (
Matsuyama Board of Education, Matsuyama, Japan
Materials Required: none
Activity Time: 5-10 minutes
Concepts Taught: Group cooperation and problem solving

The Human Knot

Goal/Objective: Team Cooperation and problem solving.

This warm-up has been around for a long time. It is easy to set up and often sparks excitement bored students. Ask a group or 5 or more people to form a circle. Each person must hold out their right hand and grab the right hand of the person across from themCas if shaking hands. Then, each person should hold hands (left) with one of the people standing next to him or her. Each person should now be holding hands of two different people. The goal is to try and unwind the group to form a circle.


P. Physical contact with either of your ghand shakehpartners may not be lost
Q. Sometimes people in the final circle will alternate facing directions, this is considered OK.
R. If one group has been struggling with a gknoth for a long time, the group may call for help. If help is needed, have the students decide which pair of should regrip to help the group.

Have Fun!