Custom Built Team Building and Leadership Initiative Training

Gridwalk – A Group Problem Solving and Team Building Initiative

Great team-building and problem-solving initiatives are sometimes hard to find. Look no further, because this classic leadership activity is perfect for small groups looking to accomplish a task while working together.



Number of Participants: 5-25
Time:  15-30 minutes
Activity Level: Low-Moderate
Props: Gridwalk Tarp and Gridwalk Map

Objective: For the entire group to cross the grid following the pre-determined path.

Setup – Get a tarp (preferably), a sheet, or just some tape on the ground and make a 7×7 grid of squares with each square being 1 square foot.


  1. One participant on the grid at a time.
  2. If the participant steps on the wrong squares (not in the direction of the path), the entire group must start over.
  3. After stepping on a wrong square, the participant must leave the grid in the exact order in which they entered the grid (basically walking the path backwards).
  4. If a person does not follow the path correctly, they lose their verbal communication for the rest of the activity.
  5. After a participant crosses the entire path on the grid and gets to the other side, they lose verbal and nonverbal communication abilities. We do this so that those students who do not pay any attention must pay the consequences.

The goal for the group is to cross the grid as quickly as possible by following the path on the Gridwalk map.


Have you used Gridwalk with your team? What variations have you implemented to best suit your teams needs?

If you have any questions on how to add this to your program’s curriculum, just let me know!

Ryan Eller
Founder, Paradigm Shift







2 responses

  1. This is one of my fav initiatives Ryan. I know it as The Maze – but I love how you use a tarp with squares marked on it to make it happen. I’ve been using rubber spots for years – much heavier to schlep around. 🙂 Perhaps you do this, but I like to remind people that the path can travel in ANY direction, which of course, includes going backwards. Thanks for sharing… Mark

    August 14, 2013 at 6:54 pm

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