Team building game (Nail Balance)

You are conducting this exercise to help your colleagues to pen up to new ways of thinking, to recognise their creative potential. The task seems to be impossible to complete at first glance which is similar to many problems we encounter at work. The participants experience the moment of „aha!” when they realise that solution is possible though.

Group Size 1 – 5

Time: 5 – 60 minutes

To use this activity with larger groups you must first get them into smaller sub

groups (3-4 people works well). Supply each group with their own Nail Balance set.

The objective is to balance a bunch of nails on the head of a single nail. All of the nails have to be balanced at the same time and cannot touch anything but the top of the nail that is stuck in the base.

  1. Hand each group a piece of wood with a nail hammered into it (see photo) and 8 nails.
  2. Ask them to balance all the supplied nails on the head of a single nail. Only the supplied equipment can be used (no tape, string, glue, etc. allowed). The supplied materials may not be altered. Ask the participants not to use mobile devices, as the solution is available on the Internet.

This is illustration for „Nail balance” game. Good practice (DAE Strategy training in Lodz, January, 2019)