Aside from encouraging active play, this play idea gives kids the chance to expand their social skills in a larger group and use their literacy skills to communicate directions.
STEP 1: Have children stand in a circle so that each child is standing closely to the next. Children will have to reach across the circle to form the human knot, so larger groups may have to scrunch closer together.
STEP 2: Ask the children to each extend their right hand into the center and (lightly) grab someone else's hand.
STEP 3: Then ask the children to extend their left hand to grab a different child's hand.
STEP 4: Make sure each child is holding hands with two different children to create the “human knot."
STEP 5: Once each child is holding hands with two different other children - the goal is to untangle the "human knot" by working together without letting go of hands until everyone is standing in a circle again! (Players may have to readjust their grips as they are untwisting – make sure to tell them to hold the same player’s hand after they adjust!)
MODIFICATION: Depending upon the age of the children, you can always add a challenge to race the clock by setting a timer or time limit to untangle the group.