Category: Team building

Team building icebreakers. Teambuilding games and activities can be valuable for all corporate training, teams that work together, camps, youth groups, churches, and other situations where good teamwork and improved communication are essential. They’re often challenging — in a good way!

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Shoe Pile Mingle

Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Talking Games, Team building
A great way to break the ice is the Shoe Pile Meet-and-Greet Mingle Game. This icebreaker game is especially useful for corporations and training situations where you want to break the ice and build up team chemistry. Setup for Shoe Pile Mingle Ask everyone to take off one of their shoes (only one of their shoes). Have everyone throw their shoe into a big pile in the center of the room. Playing Shoe Pile Mingle Game Explain the rules of the game. Once everyone takes off one shoe and throws it into a big shoe pile, have everyone randomly grab a shoe. The goal is to mingle and go around the room, introducing yourself and talking to many people and trying to find the person whose shoe you are holding.…
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Bigger and Better

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Team building
Bigger and Better is a team building activity in which teams compete by trading ordinary objects. The winner is the team that ends up with the biggest and best items when time expires. This active teambuilding exercise requires six people at minimum, and can support very large groups if the teams are divided evenly. Teams should be about three to six people in size. This game involves interacting with lots of strangers in a public place such as a school campus. Props required include small objects such as paper clips or pens (one for each team). Recommended age is 18 and up. This game can be played with adults and even in corporate settings. When playing with younger people, please be sure to provide proper supervision when necessary. Setup for…
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Connecting Stories

Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games, Team building
Connecting Stories is a fun team-building activity and get-to-know-you game that is all about finding common experiences or themes between people. This activity works best in small groups of 6-8 people. Materials required: Pens and Post-it Notes. Notecards or other small slips of paper will also work. Setup for Connecting Stories Have everyone divide into small groups of 6-8 people. Ensure each table has several post-it notes and pens. The goal of the game is to connect mini-stories in an interesting way. Each person must share at least one item that connects to the other mini-stories. The longer the chain of items that can be created, the better. Write down a few words on a post-it note to keep track of each part of the story. The first player begins by…
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Story Starters

Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games, Team building
Story Starters is a good get-to-know-you icebreaker to help people share interesting stories about themselves. It works in groups of all sizes. For very large groups, simply have everyone split into smaller groups of 4-6 people. Setup for Story Starters Setup of this icebreaker is flexible. Materials required: Oxford 5"x8" notecards and plenty of ballpoint pens. The facilitator can prepare cards in advance, or the following could be written on a chalkboard/whiteboard/Powerpoint slide. Write the following sentences, one on each card: "Once upon a time, I..." "My favorite place I ever went to is..." "The silliest thing I ever did was..." "My ideal vacation is..." "The craziest thing I ever did (that I'll admit to) is..." "If my life were a book, I would title it..." You can also come up with…
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Icebreaker Questions

Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Talking Games, Team building
Icebreaker Questions is simply a list of 20 great questions that you can ask people to help them feel more part of a group or team. These questions are fun and non-threatening. You can use them as an icebreaker for meetings or classrooms, written on notecards and adapted for other games, or simply as a fun activity to help people get to know each other better. Instructions for Icebreaker Questions A great way to help people open up is to ask them fun questions that allow them to express their personality or interesting things about them. Here is a list of twenty safe, useful icebreaker questions to help break the ice: If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get? If you were an animal,…
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Fear in a Hat

Large Group, Medium Group, Talking Games, Team building
A good activity to run at the beginning of a class semester, Fear in a Hat (Also known as Worries in a Hat) is a teambuilding exercise that promotes unity and group cohesion. Individuals write their personal fears (anonymously) on sheets of paper which is then collected in a hat and read aloud. Each person tries to describe his or her understanding of the person's fear. This leads to good discussion centered around the fears. This teambuilding exercise requires writing utensils, sheets of paper, and a hat. Allow about five minutes of writing time, plus one to two minutes per participant. The recommended group size is at least eight, but no larger than 20. It's possible to run this activity with a large group, if the group is divided into…
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Photo Scavenger Hunt

Active, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Team building
Photo Scavenger Hunt is a fun team-based scavenger hunt with an interesting twist — the goal is to bringing back digital photos (or polaroids) of places and things. By doing this, people will capture good memories and also have some experience working together as a team. This is an active game and teambuilding activity. The recommended group size is: teams of three or four people. Allocate plenty of time for this activity. Recommended ages are: 15 and up. You will need one camera (a digital camera or polaroid) for each team. Setup for the Photo Scavenger Hunt As the facilitator of this activity, prepare a list of about twelve interesting places, things, and circumstances that can be captured using a camera. Some examples of items you can write are: A family of animals A group photo with…
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Defend the Egg

Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Team building
Defend the Egg (also known as the Great Egg Drop) is a teambuilding activity that involves collaboration, problem solving, and creative teamwork. Groups build a structure out of ordinary materials and try to protect a raw egg from breaking when dropped from a high elevation. This exercise in teambuilding can be messy, so choose an appropriate setting where making a mess is acceptable. The recommended group size is: teams of four or five people. Several materials are needed: raw eggs, several plastic straws, masking or scotch tape, newspaper, and other materials of your choice. This activity is for people ages 14 and up. Setup for Defend the Egg This game works well with teams that are not too large. A good team size is four or five people. Pass out…
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Unique and Shared

Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Team building
Unique and Shared is a get-to-know-you game as well as a team-building activity. The game helps people see that they have more in common with their peers than they might initially realize, while highlighting their own individual strengths that they can contribute to the group. An indoor setting is preferable. Participants will split into groups of about five people, so this activity works fine with medium, large, and even some extra large groups. Each group of five needs paper and a pen. This activity is for all ages. Instructions for Unique and Shared Ask participants to form groups of five people with the people around them. Pass out sheets of paper and writing utensil. The first half of the activity is the Shared part. Instruct a notetaker for each group to create a list of many common traits or qualities that members…
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Lost on a Deserted Island

Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Team building
Lost on a Deserted Island is a teambuilding activity that also helps people share a little about themselves. Given the scenario that everyone is lost and stranded on a deserted island, each person describes one object that they would bring and why. This game is a teambuilding and get-to-know-you icebreaker. The recommended group size is medium, although small and large group sizes are possible too. An indoor setting is ideal. No special props or materials are required. This icebreaker works well for any age, including adults and corporate settings. Instructions for Lost on a Deserted Island The situation is dire -- following a shipwreck, everyone has been stranded on a deserted island! Each person is allowed to bring one object to the island -- ideally something that represents them or something…
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