Special Construction Note: In the video, I forgot to mention that I tie a small knot at the ends of each string to prevent the strings from unravelling and to have a more stable connection to the end of the string when holding on. For SAFETY REASONS we never let anyone wrap sting around body parts (e.g, fingers).
- Bull Ring - The challenge is to carry a small ball using a metal ring and twine Bull Ring through a series of obstacles and place the ball into a goal, such as a tin can, plastic bucket or into [on to] a segment of PVC tubing. This activity can be made more difficult by transporting the ball around objects such as trees, tables, chairs and fences.
- Bull Ring II, Table Tops - The challenge is to capture various objects on the table and move [slide] them to a collection place [area on the table], using only the Bull Ring. Begin this activity with participants holding the midpoint of each string. This will allow everyone to pull or release a little string without losing their connection with the rest of the group. A variety of objects dragged by a Bull Ring present different challenges: Marbles; Cone shapes made from wood or plastic; Magnets can be picked up using the ring and then removed once it reaches the 'collection place' by a designated player; Crumpled paper; A pencil; A paper clip; A piece of [folded up] duct tape.
- Bull Ring III, Write On! - Using the Bull Ring Universal Writing Tool, the group will make marks, color in spaces, answer test questions and play games by writing with the Bull Ring. Find the best way to creatively attach a marker to the ring area. [I, Chris, use a small piece of a Foam Noodle Pool Toy. Most of them now have holes in them already. So, slice off about 2 inches of noodle. Then, make a slice vertically into the hole in the center. Finally, trim off some noodle along the cut to size so you can jam it into the ring with a marker in the hole of the noodle. I like this version because it's easy to change out the marker when you want to use different colors.] From Teamwork & Teamplay: One of the simplest challenges is to have the group fill in a coloring book page [taped to a table] with different color markers. Other Ideas: Spell Words; Successfully go through a maze; Create art or a picture of a team mascot.
- Bull Ring Golf - [My, Chris', favorite version] Set up tee boxes (starts) and holes (finishes) around your play area. Have obstacles to navigate at each hole (like a mini-golf course). Time how long it takes for a group to move their Bull Ring & Ball from Tee to Hole. Drops add 5 seconds to time. Lowest time overall wins the tournament.
Bull Ring: Hole in the Wall (a.k.a., Bull Ring Hooped) - Take a Bull Ring through a Hula-Hoop
Pick Um Bull Ring - Use a Rubber Band/Bungie Cord-type Bull Ring
Focus Ring Team Building Game - (from Tom Heck) I love the dialogue in this Bull Ring video. And, notice the stand/tower you can make with PVC - all different sizes can be made.
Team Building Game: Bull Ring - Check out the PVC stand for multiple groups. They don't show it in the video, but after some team practice on their own - moving a Bull Ring/Ball from a start to finish, have all groups end at the multiple-stand together. Each group placing their ball on the stand at the same time. Lots of group cooperation.
Bull Ring Team Building - Use your favorite search engine to search this term for more videos.
Chris Cavert, Ed.D.