Custom Built Team Building and Leadership Initiative Training

Count The Beans – A Collaborative Team-Building Activity that Focuses on Group Growth


Count The Beans

Number of Participants: 10 or More
Time: 15-25 minutes
Activity Level: Low
Props: Jar of Beans, Paper, Writing Utensils

Objective: To correctly guess the number of beans in the jar.

Place a jar of pinto beans in the middle of the floor, and hand each participant a piece of paper and a writing utensil. Ask everyone to write their name at the top of their paper, and put Round 1, 2, 3, and 4 in the consequent rows.

  • Round 1: The participants try guess how many beans are in the jar. Give enough time for each participant to put some deep thought into the process. It is important that each group member does this individually.
  • Round 2: Participants partner up and review guesses. The two then try to come up a group guess.
  • Round 3: The two participants join another group of two and compare guesses. They then try to come up with a group guess.
  • Round 4: The entire group discusses their guesses, and comes up with one large group guess. Eventually the facilitator reveals the answer and determines how close the group was to the actual answer.

***It is very important that the facilitator actually counts the number of beans in the jar for the integrity of the activity.


2 responses

  1. Ahh, a classic. Very fun, but I must say that jar in your picture full of beans is massive, and must contain at least 2,455 beans? Am I close?

    June 20, 2013 at 7:33 pm

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