5 Minute Team Building Activities

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 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.

Bake Sale

  • Purpose: Morale boosting
  • Group size: Any
  • Tools: Baking equipment and ingredients, tables
  • Time: Variable
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Description: This works well if the team needs to raise funds for something. Have everyone prepare at home some baked good (not shop bought!) to bring and sell at a market or to other departments in the workplace. The money can be used to buy something the team needs or go to charity.
  • Follow up: Give the group time to share their experiences about the bake sale.

Feedback Jar

  • Purpose: Team building
  • Group size: 6+
  • Tools: Boxes for each group member, paper and pens
  • Time: Variable
  • Level: Basic
  • Description: Set up some boxes with slots cut into the top where letters can be “posted”. Each member gets a box with their name written on it, and the boxes are stored somewhere quiet in the office. Throughout the week, group members can post slips of paper into any box containing compliments, affirmations, constructive criticism, and acknowledgments.
  • Follow up: At the end of the week, all the boxes are opened and each group member can read their feedback privately. Then, they are asked to choose and share one or two that they found interesting/helpful etc. and discuss with the group how they feel about it. A great exercise for group development.

Choosing Sides

  • Purpose: Getting to know you exercise; warmer
  • Group size: 6+, the bigger the better
  • Level: Basic
  • Tools: None needed
  • Time: Variable; at least 5 minutes
  • Description: Draw a real or imaginary line on the floor and stand on it. Then, the group is asked an either/or question, for example, “would you rather be rich or beautiful?” or “would you rather be famous for winning the Nobel prize or an Oscar?” etc. People then actively stand on either side of the line to show their choice. This is a great exercise to involve the whole group and get everyone moving, plus there are some laughs to be had when people discover the unexpected preferences of their group members.

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.

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

Human Spring

  • Purpose: Building trust and cooperation
  • Group size: 6+, even numbers
  • Level: Basic
  • Tools: None
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Description:
  1. Group members stand in pairs facing each other.
  2. With elbows bent and palms touching, instruct everyone to gradually step their feet further and further back – they will eventually have to rely solely on one another to maintain their balance.
  • Follow up: Was trusting your teammates easy? Why or why not?

Trust Fall

  • Purpose: Trust exercise
  • Group size: 2+, better with pairs
  • Level: Basic
  • Tools: Chairs
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Description:
  • Someone stands on a chair and the rest of the group positions themselves to catch them as they fall backward.
  1. This takes considerable trust on the part of the person falling but can be a good exercise if everyone gets a turn to trust in their team.
  • Follow up: what emotions came up during the exercise?

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.

Two Finger Lift

  • Purpose: Teamwork, fun
  • Group Size: 6+
  • Level: Basic
  • Tools: None
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Description: One group member lies on the floor surrounded by the others, who must try and lift them up using only two fingers each. This requires coordination and teamwork.
  • Follow up: Allow everyone in the group to have a turn.

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?

Name Game

  • Purpose: Remembering people’s names, getting to know you
  • Group size: 4+
  • Tools: Whiteboard with markers
  • Time: 5 – 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.

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

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.

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