Balancing chairs

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Balancing chairs
Type: Group dynamics game, coordination game
Number of players: beliebig
Location: indoors (flat floor)
Equipment: chairs
Duration: a few minutes
Preparation: none

Balancing chairs is a coordination game with aspects of group dynamics.


For each participant, one chair is required. It should be a normal chair with four legs, and it should not be too heavy.


The players are standing in a circle. Their chair is in front of them (so all chairs are in a circle as well). After the starting signal, the players try to balance their chairs on just two feet each. Then, on a command, all players let their chair loose, step forward and take the chair of the player in front of them (i.e., the next player in the circle).

The group has to manage to be so fast that no chair falls over. Are they able to do that?

It that is too easy for your group, increase the distance between the chairs, or put the chairs alternately inside and outside the circle of players.