Your plane has just crashed on a deserted island in the middle of the Pacific. You have just a few minutes to salvage some items from the wreckage before the whole plane burns down. What items will your team choose?

A great activity inspired by classic shipwrecked stories. This one will inspire collaboration and creative problem-solving skills.

Number of participants: 8-24

Duration: 30 minutes

Objective: Inspire problem-solving, leadership, negotiation and collaboration

How to play

1. Set up a play area with a number of survival items such as different types of food, water, weapons, knives, tarp, flares, matches, etc. You don’t have to actually buy these items; you can take printouts of pictures on index cards as well.

2. Place all of them at one end in the “wreckage” area. Ensure that the quantity of each item is limited such that teams will be forced to barter and collaborate.

3. Divide participants into two teams (or more if you have a lot of participants).

4. The teams have 25 minutes to get items for survival from the wreckage. They also have to rank the items in order of importance.

5. Since some items are vital, but limited (such as water), teams will have to collaborate and barter.


This seemingly simple game becomes complex when you consider the gravity of the situation. Teams often devolve into chaos when they can’t come to a consensus about the importance of each item in a survival setting. Successful teams will choose a leader and plan their procurement process carefully. They will also have to negotiate with other teams to get objects they want.

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