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Team tidy

Test teamwork with this tidying up game that makes clearing up an activity – all on its own.

You will need

  • Stopwatch or phone
  • A mess to clean up
Home help checklist
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Cleaning checklist
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Make it tidy

  1. Everyone should split into small teams.
  2. Each team should be responsible for an area of the room or part of the mess that needs tidying up.
  3. One member of each team is the tidying director. They will be the only person in their team who is allowed to speak, but they can’t move.
  4. Everyone else is a tidier, who can move but can’t speak.
  5. Teams have five minutes to tidy their area, with the tidying director telling the tidiers what to tidy and how. 


This game was about communication and listening to instructions. Were the tidying director’s instructions easy to understand? What was the best way to deliver the instructions? How could communication skills be useful in other situations?

This game was also about being a team player and working together to get the job done in time. Did the tidiers work well as a team? What could you have could have done to clean the area more quickly and efficiently? How would the game have been different if the tidying director could move or the tidiers could talk?


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.