Triangle of Life


The team have been stranded on three separate islands, the objective of the challenge is to figure out how to get three essential items to each island to survive until they are rescued.

Equipment Required: 3 x buckets, walkie talkie, water bottle, cups, rope
Space Required: Medium. Indoors or outdoors.
Group Size: 8 to 18.

Total Time: 4o minutes

  • 5 minutes to brief and set up
  • 30 minutes to achieve outcome
  • 5 minutes to review

Triangle of Life Challenge Instructions

  • The team have become stranded on three separate islands
  • Each island needs to have food, water and a radio for the team to survive until rescue
  • The islands are too far apart to jump between
  • The team must devise a plan in order to get all required survival items to all Island using limited equipment


  • Only use the equipment provided
  • Provisions cannot be thrown or tied to ropes
  • Islands cannot be moved
  • If anyone falls from the island, the team must start again
  • There can never be more than four objects on any island
  • Please do not throw any objects, other than rope

Suggested Learning Outcomes

  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Planning
  • Cooperation



  1. love this activity..can you tell me more about where you place the items? Are they in the middle or on the island or perhaps a split between both? I am trying to buy the 2 book as I have all of the activities in the first book in my toolkit already. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

    • Hi Debi, you can split the items between the middle and the island (it would be more difficult when the items are in the middle), and the team then has to work out how to get what they need to each island. Hope that helps! :)

  2. What is supposed to represent the “food?” Also is it 3 of each: rope, buckets, walkie talkies, cups, and water bottles, or is it 3 buckets and 1 of the other items?

    • I’m wondering the same thing…is it three of each of the items listed?
      Has anyone tried this? If so, how did it go?

  3. Hilary Blankenship on

    Your math may be off or your directions just don’t make sense. If you have 3 each of the objects it gives you 15 objects but in the rules you say there can not be more than 4 objects on any island and you only have 3 islands. 15 divided by 3 equals 5. So. . . ?

  4. Are there any more details about setting up this activity? I’m assuming it’s 3 of each item, not just 3 buckets, correct? Finally, any debriefing/reflection questions? This activity was not in book 1 or 2 :(

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