Updated: Nov 18, 2022
Learn about unique activities to create connection while maintaining physical distancing during in-person gatherings with our Content Creator Spotlight on Jim Cain!
Dr. Jim Cain
Teambuilding Guru Dr. Jim Cain of Teamwork & Teamplay is the author of 24 best-loved books filled with team and community building activities from around the world. His real-world in-person train-the-trainer workshops are legendary in the adventure-based field and his virtual team activities are being used around the world. In 2020 he set a new personal record, writing 5 new books in a single year, including his first novel and two others specifically designed to create connection while maintaining physical distancing.
This week Kikori is featuring a brand new playlist of Jim Cain's activities using the Dutchman's Rope! What is a Dutchman's Rope? The Dutchman’s Rope offers a simple, but unique, way to maintain physical distancing during actual in-person gatherings. It is a length of rope, tied into a circle, with knots tied every seven feet. Group members locate themselves at each of these knot positions, which are a visual reminder to help them maintain appropriate physical distancing.
This week's "Connection without Contact" playlist includes five team building activities that create connection while maintaining physical distance! You can access them, and Tips & Tricks on how to make your own Dutchman's Rope, on Kikori through the App Store (Apple), Google Play Store (Android) or online through the brand new Kikori WebApp!
The Story Stretch
Get participants engaged and energized with this creative warm-up! Through collaborative storytelling that incorporates physical movement, your entire group will have a chance for their voices to be heard.
Clap, Jump, Spin, Run
Who knew a game with just four actions could be so challenging? This energizer is sure to get everyone moving and having fun! (There are no penalties to messing up, but how many rounds can your team get through with no mistakes?)
Adding a burst of imagination into this trust exercise, one participant at a time takes on the role of a traveler on a boat out at sea while the others are the lighthouse staff. Can the lighthouse staff members guide the traveler back safely? What fun or frustrating obstacles might they encounter along the way?
This activity is all about communication and trust. While one participant tries to navigate a spiral made from the Dutchman's Rope, others attempt to lead them safely to the destination. Find which methods of communication work best for your group!
Is your team warmed up and ready to work together to solve a puzzle? In this activity, participants must move along positions on the Dutchman's Rope according to a set of rules. For a twist, start out by not explaining the exact rules of movement and see if they can work it out on their own.
Do you want to save the Weekly Planner playlist for easy access?
If you haven't already downloaded the Kikori App, it's available now!! Click to download in the App Store and Google Play Store or our brand new desktop WebApp. If you are a premium member, head over to Playlists to find Connection without Contact. Click the ❤️ to favorite the playlist and store it for later!
Still using the Free Kikori Essentials version?
No problem! Search for the activities by using the Search Bar at the top of the Discover Activities screen! All of the activities are available for you to use and share with colleagues.
Join us on Tuesday, May 11 for a fun interactive and informative virtual PLAYshop about creating social connection while maintaining physical distance! Presenters Jim Cain and Bryn Lottig, Kikori cofounder, will provide you with more resources and ideas to plan for your in-person programming. Register for the FREE webinar here!