Candy Corn Sort


Overview: Candy Corn Sort can be used as an activity for your team’s Halloween gathering or it can be used as a year-round teambuilding activity. This fast-paced and competitive challenge will have your team laughing as they race to work together to sort candy by color. There is one catch… participants will not be able to use their hands to assist. Team members will only be able to use straws and their mouths to complete the challenge!

Equipment Required: 1 table or clear working space per team. 1 small bag of Candy Corn candies per team. 1 small bag of M&M candies per team. 7 small clear cups or bowls per team. 1 straw per participant.

Space Required: Small.

Group Size: 10 to 200 people.

Total Time: 10-15 Minutes

  • 5 minutes to brief the activity.
  • 5 minutes to complete the challenge.
  • 5 minutes to debrief the activity (optional).


  1. Divide your group into teams of 4-6 people each.
  2. Brief the group on the activity. Teams will empty a bag of candy corn and a bag of M&M’s onto their table. They will then work together to sort the candy by color. There are a couple of important rules. Participants’ hands must remain behind their backs and they can only use a straw and their mouths to transfer the candies into the cups. Teams can arrange the cups however they wish on the table, but once time starts, they cannot touch or rearrange them with their hands or with the straws. Let them know that you will give everyone one minute to strategize and get into position then everyone will begin at the same time.
  3. Announce when to start and time the activity.
  4. When the first team finishes, take note of their time.
  5. Debrief the activity (optional) and announce the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Learning Outcomes

  • Team Cohesion
  • Communication
  • Cooperation
  • Creativity
  • Strategic Planning

Suggested Review Questions

  • What did you enjoy most about this activity?
  • What was challenging about the activity?
  • How well did you work as a team? How could you have improved?
  • Did your team have a plan before you started?
  • Did your plan change? If so, how?
  • Did you communicate at all during the challenge? Verbally? Non-verbally?
  • What is one thing that you can take away from this activity?


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