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!

Ships and Sailors

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Team building
The Ships and Sailors is a fun way to get a group of people working together and creating bonds. It’s ideal for medium to very large groups, and because it’s an elimination game, the amount of players in each round will shrink. The game is named Ships and Sailors because players follow instructions related to being aboard a boat or in the ocean. Since there are many different commands, it’s a good idea to practice all of the moves a couple of times through before officially starting the game. This game is best played in large open spaces such as a field or basketball court, so that players can move safely about the boundaries. Set-Up Select one person to be the captain. They will be in charge of calling commands…
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6 Challenging Party Games With Paper Cups

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Team building
1. Yank Me A game of steady-handed stacking and precision demolishing of paper-cup towers. Can be played solo, as a race, or in teams. You will need: Three medium sized index cards per player. They need to be big enough to fit a paper cup on top of. If you can’t find index cards, try and find A4 paper of a similar weight that you can cut up into thirds across the width. You want fairly thick paper, at least 150gsm, or it won’t hold the cup. Four paper cups per player Rules The challenge for each player is this: build a tower of upside-down cups that is four cups high, with an index card between each cup. from top card to the bottom, remove the index cards so that…
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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 our list of 20 great questions that you can ask people to help them feel more included -- 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…
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Personal Artifact Game

Classroom Icebreaker, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Stationary, Talking Games, Team building
The Personal Artifact Game is the perfect icebreaker for those who want to stay away from the usual "who, what, where" questions that are typically asked in these sorts of activities. It requires participants to dig a little deeper than just their favorite color and bring something personal to the table! Players are more likely to remember each other’s names from the stories behind each artifact. It encourages players to get to know each other personally and also provides future topics to discuss. Whether it’s the first day of class, camp, or on the job, the personal artifact icebreaker is sure to get discussions flowing and give each player a memorable moment associated with them. Set-Up Note that this game requires people to plan a little bit in advance --…
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Shoe Pile Mingle Game

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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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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3 Games of Intimate Cooperation

Active, Get-to-know-you, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Team building, Wedding
1. Pucker Up You won’t kiss anyone in this game, but you won't be far off. The game challenges you to carry a tennis ball between the mouths of two players. Get in sync with your partner or risk dropping the ball and ruining the mood. You will need 3 tennis balls per team A glass for each team A bowl for each team Set-up Put the glass and bowl, which are your start point and endpoint respectively, on opposite sites of the room. Place the tennis balls near the glass. Arrange players into pairs. v Rules One teammate will place a tennis ball on top of the glass. This is so you have easy access to all sides of the ball. Both teammates now lower their faces to the…
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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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