11 Fun Team Building Activities for Adults

Try these team building activities at your next team building event.

Team Building Activities For Adults 1: Two Truths and A Lie

Purpose:  Get-to-know you activity

Duration: 5-15 min


  1.  Ask each participant to write two truthful facts about themselves.
  2.  Ask each participant to write down one fact that is not true.
  3.  Each participant should share all of the facts, but remember one fact is not true.
  4.  Guest should try and figure out which fact is not true.
  5. Ask the person sharing the facts to explain why.

Team Building Activities For Adults 

2: Blindfolded Sounds

This activity can be used to separate people into pairs or a large number of students into
different groups.

  1. With a small group, write the name of however many animals on two different pieces of paper and have the participants draw one out.
  2. With a large group, have students count off to a certain number and assign a certain animal for each number.
  3. When you say “go”, participants will close their eyes and are only allowed to make the noise of their animal in order to find their other group members.
  4. Animals such as cows, pigs, dogs, chickens, elephants, cats, and horses all make for a fun, and noisy, activity.
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 3: Shop or Else

Purpose: Communication and teamwork Group

Size: 4+

Level: Advanced

What do you need? A catalog of a variety of items or a computer with Internet access.

How much time does it take? 30+ minutes


1. Tell the team the following story: “You have been chosen to go to an underground bunker. It is hundreds of feet below the earth’s surface. You will have enough food and water for a year. At the end of the year, you will be able to go back to the surface of the earth. During the year, you will only have two sets ofclothes a piece. You have $250 to spend on anything else you will need for the year. You will only be able to bring what you buy. You have to use the money to buy supplies for everyone on the team. You cannot go over budget.”

2. Give the team the catalog or allow them to access a store’s Internet site such as Wal-Mart, Sears, or Target.

3. Discuss how it felt to shop for the group rather than meeting their own needs.

Questions:How was the decision made to buy the items? Was everyone given an allotment to spend for himself or herself? Did they have to vote on what was bought

Team Building Activities For Adults 4 – Win, lose or draw

(15-30 minutes)

Materials Needed –  You need paper, pen, and a flipchart/whiteboard. Think of items that fit into certain categories. This is another classical team game, which can be very easily executed.These can be generic or specific to the team. For example, generic categories include food items, places of interest, idioms. Team-specific categories include computer technologies for computer scientists, business ideas for startups, school and students for teachers. Split the group into 2 teams.

Directions –

  • Each team takes turns to play. The team that is playing will nominate an artist, who will draw a “list” of items to draw.
  • The only hint to his teammates will be the category name.
  • They then have 1-3 minutes to draw the items on that list, without writing nor speaking.
  • Switch around to another team after the time limit.
  • Swap artists with each round, and repeat for 4-5 rounds.
  • Collate the final results to find the winning team.

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 5 – Zoom 

 (30 minutes) — This is an activity designed for smaller teams. It requires the wordless, picture book entitled, “Zoom” by Istvan Banyai. This book features 30 sequential pictures that work together to form a narrative. The book should be fairly easy to find, as it’s been published in over 18 countries. The pictures can even be laminated to prolong their usage. Hand out one picture to each participant, making sure a continuous sequence is being used. Explain to the participants that they can only look at their own pictures and must keep their picture hidden from other participants. Time should be given for the participants to study their pictures because each picture will contain important information that will help the participants solve the problem of putting them into order. The ultimate goal is for the group to place the pictures in sequential order without looking at one another’s pictures. The participants can talk to each other and discuss what is featured in their picture. This activity brings coworkers together and gets them communicating with the common goal of solving a problem, but it also allows for leaders to emerge and take control of the task. (Optional: Draw up your own pictures to accommodate the team size and difficulty level

Team Building Activities For Adults 

 6 – Dragon-boating

(2-4 hours) — Who said all team building activities need to be indoors? Head out with your team for some sun! Try dragon-boating or double-kayaking, which requires good teamwork. Include a race if possible.

Team Building Activity 7 – Paint-balling

(2-4 hours) — Because really, there’s no better way to build a healthy rapport with your manager than shooting him in the ass (literally) while your co-workers stand around and cheer on. As an interesting variation, there’s a British firm specializing in corporate “Fatless Fat Fun” for when “the old team-building standards are feeling a bit tired.” Surrey-based Sumo Experience provides not only the sumo fat suits (complete with protective headgear that resembles a sumo hairdo) that will send your “opponent rolling on the ground like a beach ball,” but a Dohyo (sumo arena) and Gyoji (sumo referee) as well. Smoke machine and Japanese soundtrack are optional.

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 8  – Helium Stick

(15 minutes) — This is a quick game that serves well as an ice-breaker or a short coffee break. A long thin stick is required. Be sure to call the pole a “Helium Stick” when you introduce the exercise. Place your group in two lines facing each other. Have each person hold the index finger of their right hand chest high. Place the helium stick on top of the outstretched fingers. The challenge is to lower the stick to the ground while keeping everyone’s fingers touching the stick. If anyone’s finger loses contact with the helium stick, you must start again. At first the stick will seem to rise (hence the name Helium Stick). In fact, it is simply the upwards pressure of everyone’s fingers causing the stick to go up instead of down. Once everyone relaxes they can easily lower the stick to the ground. This usually takes ten minutes of laughter and a leader to complete. (Optional: swap the helium stick for a helium balloon for a smaller team)

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 9 – Talking in Circles

(0.5-1 hour) — This is a highly challenging game that is only recommended for teams who love challenges. Place everyone in a circle around a long piece of string that is tied at its ends to form a circle. Have everyone grasp the string with both hands and hold the string waist high. Without letting go, the team will have to form shapes with the string; a square, a triangle, a figure eight, a rectangle, etc. Repeat the game but with everyone’s eyes shut! This will require everyone to communicate clearly and listen well. Make the shapes progressively harder and periodically have them stop and open their eyes to see their progress…or lack there of

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 10 – Human Knot

(15-30 minutes) — This brain teaser is funny and really works on teambuilding, problem solving and communication. No materials are needed. Recommended group size includes a wide range of 8-20 people. Instruct the participants to stand in a circle, shoulder to shoulder. Tell everyone to put their right hand in the air and grab the hand of someone standing across the circle from them. Now tell everyone to put their left hand in the air and grab the hand of a different person. Someone needs to check that everyone is holding the hands of two different people and that no one is holding the hand of someone who’s standing directly next to them. The objective of the game is to untangle everyone without letting go of their hands. If the chain is broken, participants will have to start over. Note: sometimes >1 circle will form. This game requires casual clothing, and is not recommended for team members with physical limitations. This game will rely heavily on teamwork and communication.

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 11 – Salt and Pepper

(15 minutes) — This activity is fun, excellent for energizing your team, and also great as a quick ice-breaker exercise. It is simple to set up and suitable for a wide team size of 10-40 people (ideally even numbered). As a facilitator, think of pairs of things such as, salt and pepper, yin and yang, shadow and light, peanut butter and jelly, Mickey and Minnie mouse, male and female, and so forth. Write each item on a piece of paper (i.e. salt on one piece and pepper on another), and tape one paper on the back of each person, making sure they can’t see it. When the game starts, everyone must walk around asking yes or no questions in order to find out what word they have taped to their backs. Once they figure that out, they need to find their other pair. Learning how to ask the right questions is the key. (Optional: The two will then sit down and learn three to five interesting facts about one another)

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