helium stick

The magic cane or helium stick game is a simple activity to see how teams communicate with each other and solve problems. The premise is that groups of 8 to 10 must lower a helium stick until it is lowered to the ground.

It sounds like a simple task, but it is deceptively challenging. The group must create two lines on each side of the stick and face each other. With the stick lying horizontally in the middle, we have each person put their index finger underneath it. Participants then start with the stick at chest level of the tallest person and try to lower it to the ground. This reinforces the idea that everyone is equally important, valuable and necessary for the team to succeed.