Oh what a tangled web we weave/When first we practice to deceive.Sir Walter Scott
This game (sometimes called “spider web”) uses a ball of string to create a tangled mess. It is often used as an icebreaker. It can also be used as an example of how sin can create a tangled mess in our lives.
- a ball of string or yarn
- Have the group sit in a circle.
- Ask a question. This can be an icebreaker question like “Who has a sister?” “What is your favorite color?” “Do you like spinach?”
- If the any of the players have an answer, they raise their hand.
- The ball of string gets tossed to each player with an answer in turn. They catch it and give their answer.
- After answering, they keep hold of their part of the string and toss the ball to the next player with an answer.
- Variation: Players may lie. If a player gets caught in a lie, they must let go of all of their string. It will fall to the ground and make things a little messier. It will also impact the strings of the people around them.
- When each player is holding a piece of the string, reverse the process. They should toss the ball back to another player to try to undo the web.
- The game ends when the web is cleaned up or when the players have made such a mess that it can’t be undone.