Pencil Drop

Team Building Activity


  • Twine/string/yarn
  • Pencil
  • Pop bottle for each pair
  • Processing questions

Group’s Objective:

  • Working in pairs, get the pencil into the pop bottle


  1. Tell the participants to pair up
  2. Give each pair a string with the pencil attached to the middle
  3. Instruct the pair to tie the excess string around their waist (one on each side), so the pencil is between them
  4. Tell the pairs they must now walk to a pop bottle and get their pencil in the bottle
  5. If a pair is able to complete the task quickly, blindfold one of the group mates

Processing Questions:

  • What went well during this challenge?
  • What was most frustrating in this activity?
  • What did our group or you do to overcome these frustrations?
  • How can you relate this activity to our work with each other and our residents?