Trust-building activities for the classroom

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Trust-building activities for the classroom
There are many ways to incorporate trust-building activities into your classroom. (students image by Ivanna Buldakova from

As many teachers know, it is important for students in a classroom to learn to trust each other and the teacher. One way to build trust in your classroom is to do trust-building exercises. These exercises are short, quick and fun games. These activities are simple and easy to incorporate into regular classroom activities.

Mine Field

Mine Field is a common trust-building activity that helps students develop trust and communication skills. The teacher will create a course with "mines" throughout it. The mines can be anything from fixed furniture to balls and toys. The students work in pairs. One student is blindfolded so he cannot see, and he is not allowed to talk. This student must go through the minefield. The other student can see and talk but cannot enter the mine field. She must guide the student who is blindfolded through the mine field by giving him verbal instructions. The object is to get through the zone without hitting a mine.

Trust Lean

For this activity, students of similar sizes pair up. One student becomes the faller, while the other one steps in as the catcher. The idea is to lean back and learn to trust that the catcher will in fact catch the other student. Students often find a hard time trusting this much, and attempt to catch themselves. It is ideal to have the partners switch positions so each can take a turn in the different roles.

Body Surfing

This is a game better suited for outdoors, or in a gym with mats. While one person kneels as the surfer, the rest of the class lays down on their stomachs, with their faces down and arms outstretched. The surfer must yell "surf's up," and those on the ground will begin to roll their bodies. The surfer, on his knees, is pushed to the end of the line.

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