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24 Team Building Games and Exercises

24 Team Building Games and Exercises

These team building games are designed to help you get to know your fellow workers, your team of employees, and yourself a bit better so that you can all work together more efficiently. Please note, these are only ideas, and can be modified to fit your workplace.
The Common Book
Place a large, blank scrapbook or journal in the common area. You could even fill it with prompts, asking participants to follow suggestions for their submissions if they’re having a hard time deciding what to write themselves. Keep pens, markers, decorative tapes, glues and whatever else you can think of close to the book and encourage team members to write, paste, and cut the book to create a living history book for your business and those that help keep it running. Once the book has been filled, keep it safe and get a new one.

Three Truths and a Lie
Give every player for four sheets of paper. On each sheet, have them write one lie and three truths, so that each piece of paper has one thing written on it. Please note these should be believable lies and the mood should stay professional. Once everyone has their list, ask each member to read their truths and lies out loud in a random order. The other participants must try to guess which of the four statements is the lie, and why. What’s on Your Desk Ask each team member to bring one object from their desk. Using this object as their product, they must create a logo, marketing plan, slogan and whatever else you can think of. Set a timer, then ask them to give a presentation on their new product to the rest of the group. Afterwards, have everyone discuss which product presentations were the most successful, and why.

Blind Drawing
This is one of the team building games that is great for building communication skills. Divide up teams of two and have the players sit back to back. One team member will be given a picture of an object or word. Without saying what it is, the person must describe the image, without using words that will directly describe the subject. For example, if the image given was a lion on a unicycle, the person may describe a large, furry creature with big hair above a small wheel. Idea Building Blocks Come up with a fictional problem that your team must solve. This can be something simple like a riddle, or something more complex. Present this idea and have the group come up with a simple two to three sentence answer on a blank piece of paper. Next, have each member pass the sheet to the left and ask them to use the idea to create a new solution. Continue the pattern for a few rounds and see what the final results are.

Find the Common Thread
Divide your team into groups, then tell them they must find one thing they walk have in common. This can include hobbies, music tastes, favorite food or even the last movie they have seen. After they have settled on their common thread, ask them to create a short list of traits or stereotypical qualities of people who share that trait. The group must then take on the qualities of that stereotype for the remainder of the meeting. For example, if everyone in a group found out they had cats, they may all periodically ask members of other groups to view photos of their cats. After the meeting is over, discuss how silly stereotypes can be and how they narrow our vision of others.

Watch Where You Step
On the floor, create a large, enclosed polygon about twelve feet or so long by seven feet wide using making tape. Try to shape it with the thought that people will be making their way from one end to the other. Inside the polygon, place some squeaking dog toys, and twice as many sheets of paper (or paper plates). The papers act as landmines. This is one of the team building games where the goal is for pairs of two to make it from one side of the polygon to the other, blindfolded, using only the vocal guidance of the players on the outside of the shape. If a player steps on a mine, they become frozen, and must wait for the other player to step on a dog toy to continue. If both players become frozen, the team must restart. Use What You Have Create a challenge of some sort for your team to tackle. This could be sending an email without touching the keyboard/mouse or making an innovative package concept, the choice is yours. Divide into even groups, give each team the same set of supplies, and instruct them to solve the problem using only the supplies given. Once the time limit is up, have each team reveal their creations.

Team building in class
This classic team building exercise encourages team work and creative thinking. Put together a list of items for your team members to find. This can be done individually or in small groups. The first to collect all of the items and bring them to you, wins! For an extra layer of difficulty and problem solving, instead of writing it the items themselves, write clues, simple descriptions or riddles.
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