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!

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 Activity

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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Newspaper Towers Game

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Team building
Compete against other teams to see who can build the largest tower using only one ingredient – newspaper! Newspaper Towers (also known as Build the Tower) is a great teambuilding activity involves creativity, coordination, and teamwork! This activity works best for people ages 8 and up. It works great for groups of six to fifteen people. Materials needed A lot of newspapers -- be sure to recycle them! A timer or stopwatch Rolls of scotch tape Measuring tape How to set up Newspaper Towers Collect as many newspapers as possible in advance and separate them into equal piles. If you know how many people will be there, create 1 pile for each team you will have, but if you don’t know the group size just create equal piles of newspapers with…
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Line Up Game

Active, Classroom Icebreaker, Extra Large Group, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Talking Games, Team building
Line Up! is a fun icebreaker that can be useful for camps, workplace bonding, or other large group events. Work together as a team to arrange yourselves in a line based on a quality you have that is not obviously apparent. Examples of qualities to arrange to are alphabetically by middle name, chronologically according to birth date, or house number. Younger children could try something easier, such as arranging by height, because they may not all be able to recite the months of the year. This icebreaker starts as chaos, and ends with order as all participants work together to discover the facts they need and arrange themselves accordingly. Line Up works best in a large open space where participants can move around freely. This is an icebreaker that is…
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Bigger and Better Game

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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Photo Scavenger Hunt

Active, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Team building
Photo Scavenger Hunt is a fun team-based scavenger hunt activity with an interesting twist — the goal is to bring back digital photos (or polaroids) of various places and things. By doing this, people will capture good memories and also have some experience working together and collaborating 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…
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Trust Walk Teambuilding Activity

Active, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group, Team building
The Trust Walk is a popular teambuilding activity that helps people practice trusting each other. A leader guides his or her blindfolded partner around obstacles using verbal or nonverbal instructions. This activity is an active teambuilding activity that requires a great deal of space. An outdoor setting with some obstacles (but nothing too dangerous!) is ideal. The recommended group size is: small, medium, or large. Participants will form pairs. Materials required include blindfolds and any props that you can set up as minor obstacles. This activity is for ages 14 and up. Instructions for the Trust Walk Teambuilding Activity The Trust Walk Activity is an effective team building activity involving leadership and building trust, as blindfolded participants must rely on instructions given to them in order to avoid various obstacles. As the faciliator of…
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Frozen T-Shirt Race

Active, Classroom Icebreaker, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Talking Games, Team building
The Frozen T-Shirt Race is an ideal icebreaker game to be played outside on a hot summer day, and is a hit amongst younger players. It’s a true ice-breaker game, as the players will work together to literally break the ice on the t-shirt. The game’s objective is simple—you must thaw out, unfold, and wear a frozen t-shirt. Even though this game might sound easy, it’s a challenge to complete. The Frozen T-shirt Game can be played in groups or each player can receive their own shirt. Setting some restrictions on how the t-shirt can be thawed will make the game more competitive, and then you can really see players getting into it! Materials Water Freezer Gallon freezer bags Large t-shirts—the amount depending on the number of players Cooler and…
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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 icebreaker 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. Perhaps the icebreaker can help people learn empathy skills. 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…
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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 valuable 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 to the island 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, making it easy to play. 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…
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