Indoor & Outdoor Activities
1. All aboard!
A classic teambuilding activity in which a group is challenged to physically support one another in an endeavor to occupy an ever-diminishing space. * This activity requires working together in close physical proximity in order to solve a practical, physical problem. It tends to emphasize group communication, cooperation, patience and problem solving strategy, as well as issues related to physical self and physical proximity. * The activity can be run in many different ways.
* Basic method: Ask the whole group to try to fit inside a small area which can be marked by: * small platforms, or
* circle of rope, or
* tarpaulin or blanket
* When the group succeeds, decrease the area (e.g., changing platforms, shrinking the circle, or folding the tarp) and challenge the group again. How far can the group go? * Cautions: Obviously, people are going to need to feel physically comfortable in order to get physically close and be supportive of one another. So make sure people are warmed up and preferably have removed excessive jewelries, watches, etc. Variations
* Tarp Flip Over: With a group standing on a tarp, challenge them to turn the tarp over without anyone touching the ground in the process. Can add a time limit e.g., 15 mins for this activity. * Framing, e.g.,"The group must work together to ensure everyone manages to get aboard the new management structure. As time goes by, the team must become closer to deal with shrinking margins and increased competition." [www.bushsports.com.au] * Team building variation of Tarp Flip Over: the group discusses the present state of the team and a future desired state for the team. One side of the tarp represents the present state, the other side the future. * Name game: The activity can be used as a name game by setting the rule that every communication to another person must include that person's name.
2. Two Truths and a Lie
* Time Required: 15-30 minutes
* Start out by having every team member secretly write down two truths about themselves and one lie on a small piece of paper – Do not reveal to anyone what you wrote down! Once each person has completed this step, allow 10-15 minutes for open conversation – much like a cocktail party – where everyone quizzes each other on their three questions. The idea is to convince others that your lie is actually a truth, while on the other hand, you try to guess other people’s truths/lies by asking them questions. Don’t reveal your truths or lie to anyone – even if the majority of the office already has it figured out! After the conversational period, gather in a circle and one by one repeat each one of your three statements and have the group vote on which one they think is the lie. You can play this game competitively and award points for each lie you guess or for stumping other players on your own lie. This game helps to encourage better communication in the office, as well as it lets you get to know your coworkers better.
3. Balloon Activities
* Group activities that can be done with balloons. Promotes gentle, fun physical movement, people getting to know one another, trust and working together. Conducting Balloon Activities
Balloon games can be used as party games, fun fillers, energizers, icebreakers, or for longer trust-building, team building, and therapeutic sessions. Create a unique sequence for your group, using these 40 balloon game descriptions as a guide. * Time: 5 mins to 1 hour
* Location: Preferably inside. Balloons are susceptible to even the slightest wind which can be frustrating. Plus, there are fewer accidental balloon bursts inside. * Equipment: Ideally, start with 2 to 3 assorted round 9 to 12 inch (medium to large) round latex balloons per person (deflated). The actual number needed depends on group size, the specific activity, and whether it involves...