We're All Connected by Yarn

Type of strategy: Closings and Wrap UpCollaborationEnergizers and State ChangersGroup ManagementMovementOpeners & Get to Know You

Intended Audience: StudentsTeachers

Learning styles: EN: Extraversion and IntuitionES: Extraversion and Sensing

Using skeins of yarn participants can see interconnectedness with others in the group.


  • Gather 2-5 different colored skeins of yarn.
  • Label each colored skein of yarn with a theme.  (For example, who uses twitter, someone who has geocached, sports fan, taught over 16 years, etc.)
  •  Inform the group of the color themes.
  • Ask them to grasp a section of yarn if that them applies to them.  (For example, I use twitter.)
  • They then pass the skein on to someone else.
  • Continue passing until every participant has at least one color of yarn in their hands. 
  • Discuss the interconnectedness of the group, how it takes everyone in the community, and other analogies.
  • See how quickly they can wind the yarn back up.

Submitted by: Jennifer Arns