Trapped Lateral Thinking Training Game


Players will need to pull on their lateral thinking skills in order to find a solution to ‘Trapped’. A great game to get your learners thinking creatively.


Trapped Lateral Thinking Objectives

A lateral thinking game to get the creative juices going. This puzzle is an excellent exercise for developing creative thinking and for challenging delegates to solve a problem.

Group Size

  • Two or more

Trapped Lateral Thinking Instructions

Explain to the group that they are going to play a game that will help them with the lateral thinking

Explain that a man is trapped in a room which is completely bare except for a fire alarm. The fire alarm could have been triggered to draw attention to his plight; if it were not for the fact that the fire alarm’s cable is cut in two. Consequently, there are two lengths of fire alarm cable dangling from the ceiling. If he can bring the ends of the cables together, he could repair the connection and raise the alarm. Unfortunately, he cannot reach one cable, while still holding the other.

He only has the contents of his pocket at his disposal. The total of his pocket is a pen, an empty wallet, set of keys and a few coins.

How does he get out of the room?


  • Full instructions and training notes for running the training game
  • The solution to the lateral thinking puzzle
  • Full debrief instructions, including questions to encourage debate and participation


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