If you're reading this post it's probably a safe bet that you've been a part of, or have lead, a Human Knot activity. So far, the earliest version I've seen in print is from The New Games Foundation's book The New Games Book (1976) - it's simply called: Knot. (Here is a really awesome history of The New Games Foundation - if you're into the origin stuff.)
My favorite way to run the "Knot" involves noodles (go figure). I can comfortably get 14 players in the mix and the colorful props seem to invite engagement (and the players are not in anyone's pits - if you know what I mean). Recently, I also learned how to set up the Knot so my group(s) will always end up in ONE circle (random connections with players can result in a few different solutions). Here's how I set it up:
Noodle Knot Into One Circle
Other Knot (with Objects) Variations I've Tried
Share your favorite Knot variations in the comments below! Thanks!
Have FUN out there.
P.S. Did you know about the books 50 Ways to Use Your Noodle: Loads of Land Games with Foam Noodle Toys, and 50 More Ways to Use Your Noodle: Loads of Land and Water Games with Foam Noodle Toys? From yours truly (Chris Cavert) and the one and only Sam Sikes. Get your copies from DoingWorks.
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Dr. Chris Cavert is an internationally known author, speaker, and trainer in the area of adventure-based activity programming and its relation to community and pro-social behavior development.