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PeaceBuilders Cone Heads
This team-building activity, called PeaceBuilders Cone Heads, teaches young people the importance of working together toward a common goal.

The object is for participants to get from Point A to Point B. However, they have to do so with certain restrictions and challenges. They must keep a cone on their heads and they must navigate under a bungee cord.

The activity leader will set the height of the bungee cord so that it's challenging for the group members (depending on their age and ability).

When a participant's cone falls off, the person is frozen. S/he cannot move at all and cannot put the cone back on his/her own head. Someone else can help the frozen person by putting the cone back on, but the helper cannot hold the cone on. It must rest freely on top of the person's head.

This activity illustrates the PeaceBuilders Principle Help Others. At some point in time, almost everyone will need help to get to Point B.

Once they cross under the bungee cord, the final step to end the activity for each person is to step into a "box" or a spot that indicates completion. Once they step into the box, they are done. Their cone is taken away. They cannot leave the box for any reason.

This is an important aspect of the game because others will need help, but those who have completed the game will be powerless to give it. No one can leave the box once they have entered it.

This brings up an important topic to discuss after the activity ends: There are consequences to every action.
  • Stepping into the box is a huge consequence. Why?
  • What can we learn from this consequence?
  • How should this knowledge change the way we operate in competitive situations (whether educational, professional or social)?
  • Who benefits from helping others? (Answer: the person being helped AND the helper)
Another question to lead the follow up discussion:
  • How do you know when someone needs help (other than when their cone falls off)?

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