30 Fun Team-Building Activities for Kids and Adults

Hello if you looking for team building activities then this is the right place! 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.
  • 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.

Mirror in the Box

  • Purpose: Self-reflection, team building
  • Group size: Any
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Tools: A box, some black cloth, and a mirror
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Description: Pass around the circle a box covered in a cloth. Ask members one by one to look in the box and describe what they see there to the other people in the group without saying directly what they see (i.e. that it’s a mirror). It can be fascinating to see how people describe themselves. Routinely ask those who haven’t looked in the box yet what they think the mystery item is.
  • Follow up: Ask each member what they take away from the exercise.

Somebody Else’s Arms

  • Purpose: Fun, getting to know you
  • Group size: 4+
  • Tools: None, or other random objects
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Level: Basic
  • Description: In pairs, one team member stands behind the other and pretends that they have their arms. The other team member holds their arms behind their back. The instructor now gives each pair some tasks to do – for example, pouring water, building some blocks etc. The winning pair is the one who can work together as one.
  • Follow up: How did you communicate with each other when you couldn’t see the other person’s eyes? Did you become better over time?

Get To Know Ball (Variation)

Image result for Common Ground Thumball Team Building Game - 6" Purpose: Getting to know, Active

Group Size: Any

Tools: Common Ground Team Building Ball

Directions: Using the Common Ground Teambuilding Ball Form a circle and toss the ball. Players should toss the ball to whoever they want. Before tossing the ball, the person holding the ball should make eye contact with the person they are passing the ball to. Players must answer the question that is underneath one of their thumbs. Once the question is answered, players should pass the ball to another person.

If you are looking to build your team in a fun and active way then this ball is for you. Take a look at all of the different types of Click on –> Common Ground Teambuilding Balls

 

Comic Strip

  • Purpose: Fun, bonding
  • Group size: Any
  • Tools: Comic strips, pens
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Description: Prepare by copying some daily comic form the newspapers. Blow them up large and then blank out the words in the word bubbles. As a team, group members must fill in the empty speech bubbles together.
  • Follow up: Hang the comic somewhere where everyone can see it.

Team Pet

  • Purpose: Strengthening team, building responsibility
  • Group size: Any
  • Tools: A pet and accessories
  • Time: Variable
  • Level: Advanced
  • Description: If it’s appropriate, organize for a small team pet to be taken care of by each team member. Small animals like hamsters or turtles are great. Each member is responsible for some aspect of the animal’s care.
  • Follow up: Use the activity to instigate a conversation about responsibility. How do the members feel about looking after the pet?

Scavenger Hunt

  • Purpose: Teamwork building
  • Group size: 10+, bigger groups are better
  • Tools: Lists of items, items to hide
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Level: Basic
  • Description: Prepare a list of treasure hunt items that the group must gather in a certain time. The group with the most number of items wins.
  • Follow up: Discuss the group strategy. Where they able to successfully break down tasks so that they were using resources wisely?

Team Garden

  • Purpose: Working together, community development
  • Group size: Any
  • Tools: A small garden patch and vegetables and plants to grow there
  • Time: Variable
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Description: The team decides as a group on what plants and vegetables they’d like to grow in a small patch. They can use what they grow for office functions and hold meetings etc. in the garden.
  • Follow up: What other ways can the workspace be improved?

Secret Santa

  • Purpose: Group cohesion, fun
  • Group size: Any; even numbers
  • Tools: Hat, strips of paper
  • Time: Variable
  • Level: Basic
  • Description: Members draw names from a hat to see who they will be buying a gift for over the holiday season. The trick is to find a gift that is perfectly suited to your person and acknowledges something unique and special about them. Also, make the budget for each gift very small so that people have to think creatively. Have a special day where gifts are exchanged.
  • Follow up: Have people thank one another for their gifts.

Rope Star

  • Purpose: Group work, communication skills
  • Group size: 4+
  • Tools: A length of rope
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Description: A long rope is laid flat on the ground to form a circle. Members stand around the circle and pick it up with two hands. Together, the group members have to form a star with the rope – one with crisscrosses and 5 points. The trick is, the group can only either move or speak at once, never both. If they are busy planning, they have to stand dead still, if they are moving, they have to be quiet.
  • Follow up: Discuss as a group what your best and worst strategies were.

Group Sit-up

  • Purpose: Lateral thinking, group work
  • Group size: 4+
  • Tools: None
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Level: Advanced
  • Description: The challenge is for the group to make sure that only their hands are making contact with the ground and no other part of them for at least 10 seconds (no handstands!). There are several ingenious ways to achieve this as a group, but let the team figure it out for themselves. No props may be used.
  • Follow up: Can they think of a way to make this challenge even more difficult?

International Potluck

  • Purpose: Cultural enrichment, team building, getting to know you
  • Group size: 4+
  • Tools: Each member contributes a dish
  • Time: Variable
  • Level: Basic
  • Description: This is good for teams with members from different cultural backgrounds. On a special day have everyone bring in a dish they feel represents their cultural heritage well. Take turns tasting and talking about the different dishes.
  • Follow up: You could also do this activity with music from different countries/cultures for a work party.

Talk About Yourself

  • Purpose: Getting to know you
  • Group size: 4+
  • Tools: None
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Level: Basic
  • Description: Start a timer for one minute. Each group member has to think of as many facts about themselves as they possibly can and share them with the group, for example, “I’m from Spain, I have two dogs, I like singing…” without stopping. Each fact gets one point. Tally up who has the most points at the end.
  • Follow up: After the activity, have each person share something that they found unexpected about another group member. This can lead to interesting discussions.

Games Day

  • Purpose: Team building
  • Group size: 4+
  • Tools: Each member brings in a board game
  • Time: Variable
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Description: Have each member bring in their favorite board game. They can explain the rules to the group and then everyone can vote on the game they’d most like to play.
  • Follow up: What games are easy for your team? Which games are more difficult and why do you think that is?

Human Letters

  • Purpose: Group work, fun
  • Group size: 10+, the bigger the better
  • Tools: Paper
  • TIme: 20 minutes
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Description: Prepare on strips of paper some simple, short words (those with straight letters in them are best). Now, the group is divided into two and separated on opposite ends of a large hall or field. The facilitator gives each side some words they need to communicate to the other side by forming the word’s letters with their bodies. They cannot talk and say the word to the other team, only form the shape physically. Then, it’s the other side’s turn.
  • Follow up: How did everyone do with the challenge?

Name Game

  • Purpose: Remembering people’s names, getting to know you
  • Group size: 4+
  • Tools: Whiteboard with markers
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Level: Basic
  • Description: In a group, people have to use the letters from every group member’s name to form one coherent sentence. All the letters must be used but only one each.
  • Follow up: The sentence can be framed somewhere or made into artwork with each letter in a color that the relevant person likes.

Concentration

  • Purpose: Improve concentration, fun, teamwork
  • Group size: 6+
  • Tools: None
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Description: People sit in a circle. Each member is assigned a number. People establish a rhythm by tapping twice on the table with both hands and then clapping twice. As the beat is kept, somebody starts by saying first their number then the number of someone they wish to “call”, for example “One one, seven seven” and then if number seven is paying attention, they may say “seven seven four four” to indicate that it’s four’s turn next. If you mess up or miss your call etc., you are out and then cannot be called again.
  • Follow up: Once the group gets the hang of this game it can be sped up quite a bit.

Memory Game

  • Purpose: Improve memory, fun, team building
  • Group size: Any
  • Tools: Everyday objects
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Description: Suddenly announce that everyone in the room will be playing a memory game. Everyone gets up and goes outside or to another room. Now, as a team, they have to try and remember every detail they can from the room they were just in – including the placement of all the items, colors, numbers etc.
  • Follow up: The team goes back into the room to see how their memory measures up.

Just the Facts

  • Purpose: Warmer, communication activity
  • Group size: 4+
  • Tools: None
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Level: Basic
  • Description: Group members first decide on a topic that they’d like to talk about – this can be a relevant workplace issue or something that makes sense for the work the team usually does. Now, going around the group, each member takes a turn to say one fact about the topic. Sounds simple, but eventually it gets very tricky to think of new information. When someone can’t think of a fact, they are “out” and then a new topic is chosen for the next round.
  • Follow up: A more informal version of this could be to state facts about something fun, like food or sports.

It’s in the Details

  • Purpose: Warmer, getting to know you
  • Group size: 6+
  • Tools: None
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Level: Basic
  • Description: Form two groups of people standing in rows facing each other in pairs. For a minute, they have to examine everything they can about the person in front of them. Then, one row turns to face the other direction for a moment, while the other row quickly changes something about themselves – remove or ad jewelry, change their clothes etc. When the other group turns around, they have to try and find out what change was made.
  • Follow up: This is good for sluggish groups that need a kick of energy

Impromptu Skits

  • Purpose: Energizer, warmer, getting to know you
  • Group size: 10+
  • Tools: A range of props and enough drawstring bags
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Description: The facilitator prepares goodie bags with a collection of three props each inside. For the next 15 minutes, groups of around 4 have to create a skit using all the props in their bag, then show the other groups. The winning group is the one with the most creative skit, so try to make the items unusual.
  • Follow up: For an extra challenge, try to make the skits more workplace themed and see if anybody wants to communicate a message suitable for the workplace.

Beach Ball Introductions

  • Purpose: Getting to know you
  • Group size: Any
  • Tools: Any kind of ball, but bigger is better
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Level: Basic
  • Description: The group stands in a circle. The facilitator explains that whoever has the ball must introduce themselves to the rest of the group, then throws it to another person.
  • Follow up: This game can be continued, with each continued catch meaning the person has to add something more about themselves.

Strange Creatures

  • Purpose: Collaboration, warmer
  • Group size: Any
  • Tools: Craft supplies, especially pipe cleaners
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Level: Basic
  • Description: This is a great and relaxing way to get group members to bond with one another. Have them create fantasy animals and figurines using fuzzy pipe cleaners, bits of yarn or fabric, googly eyes etc. Two or three people can work on one animal and the most bizarre and creative one wins.
  • Follow up: People can discuss their choices as they craft, creating a sort of mascot for their group.

Role Play

  • Purpose: Creating harmony, team building, empathy exercise
  • Group size: Any
  • Tools: None
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Description: Carefully pair together people who don’t always see eye to eye. Then, ask them to act out a certain scenario, for example, an everyday dilemma in the workplace, but while pretending to be their partner instead of themselves. Things get quite interesting as people see how they are perceived by others – and get a reflection of how they are seen to solve problems.
  • Follow up: Reflect on how it felt for each member to see their behavior in someone else. Ask if anyone wants to share their experience.

Zombie Apocalypse

  • Purpose: Team building
  • Group size: 6+
  • Tools: Paper and pen
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Level: Basic
  • Description: Tell the group that a zombie apocalypse is imminent and that as a team, they have to plan a way to survive together. Give them 15 minutes or so to plot a way to save themselves. You can embellish the story to make it more engaging, but make sure that the group thinks of everything that can go wrong and what they’re going to do to save themselves.
  • Follow up: This activity can be extended by asking each group member to explain what they think their best contribution to the group will be in case of such an emergency.

Multi-way Tug of War

  • Purpose: Warmer, team building
  • Group size: 9+
  • Tools: A few lengths of rope
  • 10 minutes
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Description: This is much like the classic tug of war game, only a few different teams all pull on a few different ropes all attached at the center.
  • Follow up: This is a great game for boosting the energy in a group

Debate

  • Purpose: Team building, getting to know you, critical thinking
  • Group size: 6+
  • Tools: None
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Level: Advanced
  • Description: Have two teams that debate an important issue going on in your community right now. Explain that each side should open with an argument, then have another few people to add to the debate in turn, and then they should pick someone to close up the final argument. Use the exercise to promote communication and planning, as well as learning how to debate politely etc.
  • Follow up: This can be made more interesting by choosing a topic that directly relates to problems the team actually faces.

Round Table

  • Purpose: Building rapport, communication
  • Group size: Any
  • Tools: Lunch
  • Time: Variable
  • Level: Basic
  • Description: This is very simple but shouldn’t be overlooked as a great way to build team cohesion. Get some delicious lunch for everyone to share and enjoy – for example, pizza – and then invite everyone to say whatever they feel like saying, discuss the important issue or bring things to the group’s attention. The focus should be on speaking out and being heard, all while enjoying one another’s company in a relaxed environment.
  • Follow up: End the activity by thanking everyone and asking them to give feedback on the efficacy of the talk.

Borrow an Employee

  • Purpose: Promote better communication between departments
  • Group size: Any
  • Tools: None
  • Time: Variable
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Description: Have a “Take an employee to work” day, where employees from one department spend some time ghosting other employees to see how they do things and get a feel for their day.
  • Follow up: Ask each employee to come up with a short presentation outlining what they’ve learned about other members in their organization and what they contribute. What changes can be made with the new knowledge?

Design a Relaxing Room

  • Purpose: Promoting employee wellness
  • Group size: Any
  • Tools: A budget is needed for this, but people can donate decorative materials, furniture etc.
  • Time: Variable
  • Level: Advanced
  • Description: Have the group brainstorm and plan a special stress-free room in the workplace. They can discuss exactly what they’d like to include in this special time-out zone, for example, a water feature, a big bean bag or a few office plants. Once planned, the team can put the room together.
  • Follow up: Use this activity to start talking about different ways to manage stress in the workplace.

Future Selves

  • Purpose: Self-improvement, getting to know you
  • Group size: Any
  • Tools: Paper and pen
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Level: Basic
  • Description: Have group members take the time to write out a letter of advice written from their older selves to the people they are today. Let them explore what they imagine they’d be like as an older person, and what words of wisdom they’d like to share. If people feel comfortable, some of these insights can be shared with the group – this is a great way to reorient to life’s important values and see how they differ in your team.
  • Follow up: A variant of this is to write advice to your teenage self – a good platform to discuss goals and past experiences.

Marathon

  • Purpose: Team building
  • Group size: Any
  • Tools: Running kit
  • Time: Variable
  • Level: Advanced
  • Description: The group can organize a charity marathon or else join one to boost morale and raise funds.
  • Follow up: At the end of the marathon, people can share experiences about what qualities helped them get through it, and how those qualities can be transplanted into the workplace.

Everyone’s a teacher

  • Purpose: Team building, getting to know you
  • Group size: Any
  • Tools: Each member will bring the relevant equipment
  • Time: Variable
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Description: Ask team members to prepare by thinking of something they know how to do well and can teach the rest of the group. This could be cooking, wiring a plug, doing a cartwheel etc. The rest of the group gets a turn to learn something new, get to know their teammates and also show of their own expertise.
  • Follow up: Use the activity to start a discussion about the different skills we all possess.

Bonding

  • Purpose: Group cohesion, fun, teamwork
  • Group size: Any, but bigger is better
  • Tools: Some cling film, rope or any kind of band
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Description: The facilitator literally ties groups of 3 or 4 people together (be careful not to make anyone uncomfortable) and then teams have to compete with each other to see who can complete a series of tasks first. The tasks could be running a race, building something or moving things from one place to another.
  • Follow up: Give everyone a chance to discuss the experience afterward. How did it feel to not be able to move independently?

Do You Know Me?

  • Purpose: Getting to know you, fun
  • Group size: Better with a smaller group
  • Tools: Pen and paper
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Level: Basic
  • Description: Have each group member write a list of 5 questions that they believe anyone close to them will be able to answer. Now, go through the group and see who can answer each set of questions the best.
  • Follow up: Have a discussion – how well do you know your teammates? Did anything surprise you?

Quiz Night

  • Purpose: Team building, cooperation
  • Group size: 8+
  • Tools: Some prepared quiz questions, possibly prizes
  • Time: Variable
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Description: Have an old fashioned quiz game between two groups. The rules can be varied according to numbers, difficulty and length of the game, but it’s a lot of fun for everyone.
  • Follow up: This can be adapted by having opposite groups design questions for each other.

Who am I?

  • Purpose: Getting to know you, warmer
  • Group size: 6+
  • Tools: Paper
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Level: Basic
  • Description: Have everyone in the group write down on a slip of paper five things about them. This is great for new groups who don’t know each other well, but if they do, ask them to write a few things that others might not know. Then, collect all the slips of paper, shuffle, and read each one aloud. The rest of the team has to guess who the five things refer to.
  • Follow up: This is a fun activity for the group to share some previously unknown things about themselves. Allow some time for questions and chatting afterward.

Blindfolded Building

  • Purpose: Teamwork
  • Group size: 4+
  • Tools: A few simple puzzles
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Description: Pair off team members. One person is blindfolded and a very simple puzzle is placed before them (ones designed for young children with only a few pieces are best). The blindfolded person has to build the puzzle with the other person’s guidance. The group whose puzzle is built first wins. Also possible with other easy to assemble items – look in a toy shop.
  • Follow up: What were the best communication strategies and how did the group’s manage their frustration with one another.

Group Portrait

  • Purpose: Getting to know you, fun, building morale
  • Group size: Any
  • Tools: Group members create their own costumes
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Level: Basic
  • Description: On an assigned day, each group member brings in some simple costume that they feel represents who they are – this is a good chance to have fun with hats, fancy dress etc. A photograph is taken with each member posing however they wish. Great for an end of year function or when some members are leaving the group.
  • Follow up: Frame and hang the picture somewhere prominent.

Projection

  • Purpose: Warmer, getting to know you
  • Group size: 4+
  • Tools: A Rorschach inkblot or any other ambiguous picture
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Description: Display prominently a picture that can be interpreted in many different ways – look online for scenes or images from psychological projection tests. Now, each member has a turn to explain what they see in the picture and describe it.
  • Follow up: Is anyone surprised in the variation of descriptions? Reflect on what it means that people see different things in the same picture.

General Knowledge Game

  • Purpose: Fun, teamwork, group morale
  • Group size: 6+
  • Tools: Pen and paper
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Description: Have groups of three write down on a piece of paper a few columns of different kinds of words – for example, personality traits of a good leader, words describing challenges at work, words that describe a good employee etc. Now, the instructor chooses a random letter and in one minute the groups have to find words in those categories beginning with that letter. The group with the most answers after a few rounds with different letters wins.
  • Follow up: Were there any disagreements about the words chosen? Have a discussion about the different qualities mentioned in the game.

Charades

  • Purpose: Fun, morale-boosting
  • Group size: 4+
  • Tools: None
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Description: This common party game is great for building team morale. Have each group mime out a movie or book title, song name or famous person etc.
  • Follow up: To make it more work-oriented, the facilitator can choose a few selected phrases for the group to mime beforehand – except they are all connected by a theme. After the game is finished, have the group guess the theme and why you chose those particular things to mime.

Get-To-Know Cubes

  1. Get everyone into a circle.
  2. Ask a person to throw the cubes at a person of their choice. Make sure that the person throwing makes eye contact with the person they are throwing.
  3. The person catching must answer the question where their right thumb lands on.
  4. Once answered they should repeat the process with another.
  5. The Learning Resources Conversation Cubes has hundreds of questions and could be a great way to facilitate morning circles, group meetings, or counseling sessions. Click on –> Learning Resources Conversation Cubes to find out more.

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