34 Indoor Team Building Activities and Games for Teens and Adults

If you are like me, then sometimes you have to plan indoor games for teens, students, or teachers on a pinch. Planning activities for teens can be a daunting task especially if your activities are boring or don’t relate to this population. Teens naturally are either really concerned about their appearance to their peers or might be resistant to participating. Activities for teens should:

  • Be fun – This is self-explanatory. Whatever the activity, be willing to portray how excited you are about that particular activity.
  • Quick – Activities should be 5 -30 minutes long depending on the goal. Games can be focused on communication or allow teens to portray themselves in a positive light. Active games should also work but community trust and the facilitators delivery have a huge impact on the amount of fun the group can have.
  • Avoid Awkward Moments – Don’t put a teen in an uncomfortable or awkward moment. Once again this is based on your relationship with these teens and the group’s trust level with each other.

Creating an amazing team building activity:

  • Takes planning
  • An understanding of your goals
  • The activity level of your team
  • Your teams trust in each other.

When looking at the activities we focus on:

  • Purpose – Take special focus on this section, because it’s within this section that we share the overall goal. Most of the games can be manipulated to fit your needs.
  • Duration – This is self-explanatory but it provides you with a general overview of how long this game will take. Every game has the possibility to be shorter or longer depending on the extension questions and the facilitator’s skill level.
  • Trust Level – This tells you the trust level required for the activity to be successful. For example, if this is a brand new group then doing an activity that requires an advanced level of trust might not be the best idea.
  • Materials – Each one of these activities might require materials such as paper, pencils, or a specific item. Make sure that you select an activity that fits your budget, and preparation time.
  • Description -This is where we describe the game its application and process.
  • General Materials – These are some general materials that we feel will always help you engage your community while keeping focused on the task at hand, which is building your team. These are optional but if you have the budget and the time you should look to purchase these items.
  1. Speakers – There are all types of speakers that you can purchase that range from cheap to more expensive. I recommend the Sonos Play Compact Wireless Speaker. These speakers have served me well for all of my professional developments and team building sessions. If interested Click –> Sonos Play Compact Wireless Speaker. Take a look at (Sonos Review) this review will provide you with some general information and will help you make a decision.  If you are looking for something cheaper here is another option  Click –>Tribit XSound Go Bluetooth Speakers
  2. Presentation remotes – I have used a presentation remote for all of my presentations. I hate having to go to the computer or having someone press it for me. It slows my presentation flow and keeps me from engaging my crowd. If you are looking for remotes I recommend one of these two options.

Minefield

Purpose: Icebreaker; trust exercise

Group size: 5+

Level: Basic

Tools: Various “obstacles”

Time: 10 minutes

Description: To prepare, set up a minefield made of obstacles all over the place, example chairs, books etc. One person is blindfolded and guided from one end of the minefield to the other through the help of his teammates, who are standing on the side shouting directions.

Darkness

Purpose: Team Building

Group size: 4+

Level: Basic

Tools: A very dark room

Time: 30 minutes +

Description: In a room as dark as possible, get the team members to try and cooperate together on a group task – even something as simple as preparing some tea – without the use of sight. The team will have to rely on verbal communication to cooperate.

Follow up: How do the members feel about their verbal skills?

Building a Paper Tower

Purpose: Critical thinking, group work, icebreaker

Group size: 4+

Level: Intermediate

Tools: Several sheets of plain paper

Time: Up to 20 minutes

Description: Break the group into two teams. Now, they must compete to build the tallest tower in a set time, for example, 5 minutes. The only catch is that they must find a way to build a tower using nothing but plain sheets of paper. The group will have to cooperate to find novel ways to build a good tower. Very good for children and younger groups.

Follow up: What skills did the group need to draw on to work together and build a good tower? How could they have done better?

Paper Ball Game

Purpose: Teamwork, group morale

Group size: Any

Level: Basic

Tools: Plenty of paper and regular drinking straws

Time: 20 minutes

Description: Prepare a “board” on a piece of paper by drawing concentric circles – like a dart board. Assign points to each circle, the middle being the most points. Now, roll up pieces of paper to make balls roughly the size of grapes (you could also make different sizes to make the game more difficult). Now, the team members have to use the straws alone to gently blow the paper balls around the board and earn the points in each circle. The goal can be to accumulate a set amount of points by positioning the paper balls just right – it sounds easy but it can be quite tricky, especially with many people having to work together. This can be done in one group with a time limit or else in separate groups that compete with each other.

Follow up: Did anyone lose their temper during the game? How did the group manage their frustrations?

Shrinking Ship

Purpose: Fun, teamwork, icebreaker

Group size: Any

Level: Basic

Tools: a very large piece of paper/bed sheet

Time: 10 minutes

Description: The piece of paper or sheet is the ship, but it is rapidly shrinking – every round, the sheet is folded in half, which means team members have to find a way to fit everyone on.

Follow up: How did the group respond to the challenge together?

DIY

Purpose: Creativity, teamwork

Group size: Any

Level: Advanced

Tools: None

Time: 1 hour

Description: The group must design and complete their own activity. They have to work together to create a game that everyone will enjoy and explain why they’ve chosen this game.

Follow up: Was the game successful? What did everyone take form the experience?

Dictionary

Purpose: Team building, getting to know you

Group size: Any

Level: Intermediate

Tools: Paper

Time: 15 minutes

Description: Get participants to brainstorm a flattering adjective for each letter of the alphabet and write it on a piece of paper. When finished, the group must decide who to award each adjective to. Which person in the group most portrays that adjective?

Follow up: This can be a great exercise to build trust and good rapport in a group – just make sure the adjectives are positive. Do the members agree with the words they were given to describe them?

Mission Impossible

Purpose: Fun, team building, icebreaker

Group size: Any

Level: Basic

Tools: String

Time: 30 minutes

Description: Prepare a room or corridor to resemble the lasers in the famous mission impossible movie scene. By attaching a string to points in the room, you can create a tangled web that participants have to work their way through without touching the strings. This is a lot of fun and often members have to help one another through.

Follow up: What lessons did everyone take from the game?

Paper Planes

Purpose: Fun, getting to know you, building rapport

Group size: 4+

Level: Intermediate

Tools: Paper and imagination

Time: 30 minutes

Description: Groups have only a short time to construct a paper plane. If possible, planes can be decorated with pens and paints etc. The winning team is the one whose plane can go the fastest.

Follow up: What are the best qualities of a  team that works well under pressure? How does your group compare?

Informercial

Purpose: Teamwork, morale-boosting

Group size: 6+

Level: Intermediate

Tools: Paper, art supplies

Time: 45 minutes

Description: This exercise is good for teams that have to work together frequently. The group has a set time, for example, 30 minutes, to brainstorm and create a TV infomercial to sell a common object in the room – say a board eraser or waste paper basket. The team that has the most innovative, creative and persuasive advertisement wins. Adapt this by including role plays, logo design, radio advert writing etc. Teams vote for their favorite group to determine the winner.

Follow up: What techniques did the group use to make sure everyone got a chance to speak?

Tarp Flip

Purpose: Communication, teamwork

Group size: 4+

Level: Basic

Tools: A tarp or bedsheet

Time: 10 minutes

Description: A tarp or bedsheet is laid flat on the ground with all the group members standing on it. The goal is to get everyone standing on the opposite side of the tarp – but without anyone’s feet leaving the tarp. This requires planning and good communication.

Follow up: Try the task again and see if it can be done more quickly – what has the team learned?

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Purpose: Active team building game

Group Size: 4+

Time: 10 +

Description: The KINDEN Teamwork Games Group Learning Activity Is an excellent way to get your students moving and active. This tool can be used to foster teamwork or develop communication. This could also be used for

 

  • Indoor play
  • Field day,
  • Active Play
  • Relay races
  • Balance and Flexibility
  • Hop Sacks & Games

Teens and kids are basically asked to work together and have fun in the process.

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If your interested take a look click INDEN Teamwork Games Group Learning Activity

Interviews

Purpose: Getting to know you

Group size: 4+

Tools: None; paper optional

Time: 30 minutes

Level: Intermediate

Description: Divide the group into employers and prospective employees. Create a ridiculous fantasy position and then practice interviewing one another for the position. Employers decide at the end of the game who gave the best interview and who they’d like to hire.

Follow up: What interview skills do you need to improve on?

Stereotypes

Purpose: Good team rapport

Group size: 6+, best with a larger group

Level: Intermediate

Tools: None

Time: 30 minutes

Description:

  1. Sort people into groups based on their ethnic background, language or gender.
  2. Now, ask the people in the group what stereotypes they think to belong with their group that is actually not true.
  3. After some discussion, have the groups share with each other the stereotypes they think are unfair for their group.

Follow up: What usually happens is that people discover through discussion that they are more complicated than just being a member of a group – this brings about empathy and tolerance in the group as they realize that everyone is an individual and that stereotypes are not useful.

Story Building

Purpose: Empathy, communication

Group size: 4+

Level: Advanced

Tools: A set of pictures that tells a story in a sequence

Time: 30 minutes

Description:

  1. The group has to create a story that makes sense using the pictures.
  2. Each person is given one picture but cannot show it to anyone else.
  3. This means they have to take turns to explain what their picture is and work together to organize it well.

Follow up: Has anyone in the group dominated the discussion? What ways can people learn to see others’ point of view?

GutterBall

Purpose: Icebreaker, morale booster

Group size: 4+, but not more than 6

Level: Basic

Tools: Each person gets a small piece of pipe or gutter, plus a small ball

Time: 15 minutes

Description: The aim of the game is to move the ball from one end of the room to the other without touching it. The group can use their pipes/gutters to transport the ball and make sure it doesn’t fall on the ground – or else they have to start again/

Follow up: How well does the group work as one?

Balloon Pop

Purpose: Icebreaker

Group size: 4+

Level: Basic

Tools: Balloons and strips of paper

Time: 10 minutes

Description: Write different numbers on strips of paper and place them inside blown up balloons. Two groups try to pop the balloons as quickly as possible and get to keep the numbers in the balloons as points. After a few minutes, or when all the balloons are popped, the points are tallied to see who the winner is.

Follow up: The group can share their experiences

Tug of War

Purpose: Fun, team building, morale

Group size: 10+

Level: Intermediate

Tools: A rope

Time: 10 minutes

Description: A classic game that’s best suited to those who are OK with the physical exertion. Better with very big groups and done outside.

3-5 Legged Race

Purpose: Team building, active, communication.

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Level: Basic –> Intermediate

Tools: Everydlife 5 Legged Race Bands Outdoor Activities Games for Kids Adults, rope

Description: This is a unique spin on the 3 legged raceEvery team has many members and each member fasten the hoop&loop around the left foot and all five members left foot are banded on one band walker. So do the right foot. Then members cooperate with each other and run. The team that finishes first wins.

This could be used for:

  • Outdoor Party Games:
  • Parties
  • Company team building activities.
  • Indoor games
  • Field Day
  • Team game.

If you are interested take a look at Everydlife 5 Legged Race Bands Outdoor Activities Games for Kids Adults 

Shrinking Ship

Purpose: Fun, teamwork, icebreaker

Group size: Any

Level: Basic

Tools: a very large piece of paper/bed sheet

Time: 10 minutes

Description: The piece of paper or sheet is the ship, but it is rapidly shrinking – every round, the sheet is folded in half, which means team members have to find a way to fit everyone on.

Follow up: How did the group respond to the challenge together?

Egg Drop

Purpose: Teamwork, critical thinking

Group size: 6+

Level: Intermediate

Tools: Some eggs, random stationery like tape, boxes, straws, string, paper etc.

Time: 30 minutes

Description: In teams, groups must try to prevent an egg dropped from a one story height from breaking on impact. To do this, they have access to some tools and materials, but must work together to design some kind of protection/vehicle for the egg – the challenge is met when the egg survives the drop.

Follow up: What is the leadership like in the group? Did everyone get to share their ideas?

Three Legged Race

Purpose: Teamwork, ice breaking

Group size: 6+, pairs

Level: Basic

Tools: Rope or thick string

Time: 15 minutes

Description: A classic game that requires people to work together. Tie the left leg of one member to the right leg of the other. Now, tied together pairs have to have a race to see who wins.

Follow up: What did the winning team do so that the others didn’t win?

DIY

Purpose: Creativity, teamwork

Group size: Any

Level: Advanced

Tools: None

Time: 1 hour

Description: The group must design and complete their own activity. They have to work together to create a game that everyone will enjoy and explain why they’ve chosen this game.

Follow up: Was the game successful? What did everyone take form the experience?

Ordering

Purpose: Warm up, getting to know you

Group size: 6+

Level: Basic

Tools: None

Time: 5 minutes

Description: Group members stand up. The instructor asks them to order themselves in a row according to, for example, their height. Next to their age, or the length of their hair or their number of siblings for example. The instructions can become more and more complex, for example, the instructor could ask people to rank according to who’s the best at certain skills.

Follow up: As long as members get the chance to move around enough, there will be plenty of opportunities to discuss the questions and learn more about each other – as long as the instructor avoids making things too competitive.

Circles

Purpose: Fun, icebreaker, getting to know you

Group size: 4+

Level: Intermediate

Tools: Big pieces of paper, art supplies

Time: 30 minutes

Description: People are paired or put into small groups and given a piece of paper with a big, empty circle drawn on it. They have to use crayons, paints etc. to fill the circle in any way they like. When everyone is done, the groups take turns explaining their drawings and what they mean.

Follow up: This is a good open-ended discussion which could lead to people expressing their feelings about one another and themselves.

Broken Telephone

Purpose: Icebreaker, communication

Group size: 10+, bigger groups better

Level: Intermediate

Tools: None

Time: 20 minutes

Description: In two groups, the members have to pass along a whispered message without getting any of the details wrong. At the end, both of the final messages are compared to see who communicated the clearest message.

Follow up: How good are you at passing along information? How could you improve?

Dictionary

Purpose: Team building, getting to know you

Group size: Any

Level: Intermediate

Tools: Paper

Time: 15 minutes

Description: Get participants to brainstorm a flattering adjective for each letter of the alphabet and write it on a piece of paper. When finished, the group must decide who to award each adjective to. Which person in the group most portrays that adjective?

Follow up: This can be a great exercise to build trust and good rapport in a group – just make sure the adjectives are positive. Do the members agree with the words they were given to describe them?

Mission Impossible

Purpose: Fun, team building, icebreaker

Group size: Any

Level: Basic

Tools: String

Time: 30 minutes

Description: Prepare a room or corridor to resemble the lasers in the famous mission impossible movie scene. By attaching a string to points in the room, you can create a tangled web that participants have to work their way through without touching the strings. This is a lot of fun and often members have to help one another through.

Follow up: What lessons did everyone take from the game?

Lies

Purpose: Getting to know you, icebreaker

Group size: Any

Level: Advances

Tools: None

Time: 20 minutes

Description: Group members are instructed to tell the group three statements – one is a lie and two are true. The rest of the group has to decide which is which. This can be a fun and illuminating exercise and in particular, shows how wrong assumptions can be.

Follow up: Who told the most convincing lie? What assumptions did you have about others that were unfounded?

Statue Posing

Purpose: Getting to know you, icebreaker

Group size: 4+

Level: Basic

Tools: None

Time: 10 minutes

Description: Each person takes a turn being the “statue”. The rest of the group can now position his/her arms and legs into whatever pose they feel best represents that person’s personality. Members can be creative and change facial expressions or use props and actions.

Follow up: what did each member think of the way they were posed by others – were they accurate?

Song Titles

Purpose: Icebreaker, fun

Group size: 6+

Level: Intermediate

Tools: Paper and pencils

Time: 10 minutes

Description: Teams compete with each other to find out who can come up with the most number of song names and put them on a list. The instructor gives a keyword, for example, “love” or “baby” (common in songs) and group members have to brainstorm titles with that keyword in it.

Robot

Purpose: Communication

Group size: 4+

Level: Basic

Tools: None

Time: 10 minutes

Description: One member out of the group leaves the room while the instructor hides an object somewhere in the room. When that member returns, they are the “robot” and must find the object with the help of the other team members, who know where it is. Team members can only give simple instructions to lead the robot to the hidden object, for example, “turn 180 degrees”, “take two steps forward”, “stop”. The robot can only do what he is told.

Description: How good is the team at giving clear instructions?

Puzzle

Purpose: Getting to know you

Group size: 8+

Level: Basic

Tools: Paper

Time: 15 minutes

Description: On a few slips of paper, prepare some questions along the lines of “find someone who has been abroad” or “find someone who can play a musical instrument” etc. The group has to stand up and mingle around the room, making sure that they find someone who has done the activity on their piece of paper.

Follow up: Each person can take a turn describing something interesting they learnt about their groupmate to the rest of the group.

Paper Planes

Purpose: Fun, getting to know you, building rapport

Group size: 4+

Level: Intermediate

Tools: Paper and imagination

Time: 30 minutes

Description: Groups have only a short time to construct a paper plane. If possible, planes can be decorated with pens and paints etc. The winning team is the one whose plane can go the fastest.

Follow up: What are the best qualities of a team that works well under pressure? How does your group compare?

Snowball fight

Purpose: Icebreaker, fun, getting to know you, trust building

Group size: 6+

Level: Basic

Tools: Paper

Time: 10 minutes

Description: This game is excellent for awkward or icy groups and is great at relieving group tension. Everyone in the group is instructed to write their best qualities on A4 pieces of paper, then ball those pieces of paper up to make “snowballs”. Now, when the instructor signals to start, the group has a “snowball fight” where they have fun throwing the paper balls all around the room. After a minute or two, the game is stopped and people are asked to pick up a handful of snowballs from around the room. They open them and take turns guessing who wrote down the attribute on the piece of paper.

Follow up: How well did the group members know each other’s strengths?

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