Custom Built Team Building and Leadership Initiative Training

Avalanche – A Perfect Way to Mix Up a Group During Team-Building

I work with teams of all ages and backgrounds from many different cultures, and I find that all groups do the same thing: line up next to their friends while standing in a circle. This activity is a fun way to break up cliques without the participants realizing that it was your ulterior motive.



Number of Participants: 5 and up
Time: 2-3 minutes
Activity Level: Moderate-High
Props: None

Objective: For participants to find a new spot in the circle.

Anytime the group is in a circle, and the facilitator yells, “Avalanche,” all of the participants find a new spot in the circle. However, the participants find the new spot in the most creative way possible.

Example ways to move around the circle:

  • Riding a Pogo Stick
  • Pushing a Shopping Cart
  • Walking Across a Balance Beam
  • Rolling on the Ground

What tools do you use to break up a group? What is your favorite way to move around the circle during Avalanche?


4 responses

  1. Ryan, I use a couple of favourites, Velcro circle, and Circle Up – they are both very fun, and can be called upon at any time, a but like Avalanche… 🙂

    June 26, 2013 at 11:24 pm

  2. Carrie

    What would stop a person from moving with a friend when you call it out and move as well to the other side?

    June 27, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    • Carrie! There is a chance that the students continue to move around with their friends, and I certainly don’t discipline if they do. However, the hope is that they are engaged enough during the movement that it doesn’t matter who they end up next to!

      July 1, 2013 at 8:16 am

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