Top 10 corporate team building activities for team meetings that your team will love
So, you’re in charge of organising the next team building meeting, and you want ideas for team building games that your team will actually love, not groan at? We have listed out the top 10 corporate team building games that will not only but fun, but will also motivate your teams and bring them closer together.
#10. Back to back drawing
Useful for: Communication Skills, Accuracy
What you need: Paper, pens, printouts of simple line drawings or basic shapes.
1. Divide the group into pairs and ask each pair sit back to back.
2. Give one person a picture of a shape and the other a piece of paper and pen.
3. The person holding the picture gives verbal instructions to their partner on how to draw the shape or image they’ve been given (without telling them what the shape or image is).
4. After a set amount of time, have each set of partners compare their images and see which team drew the most accurate replica.
Useful for: Communication Skills, getting to know team members
What you need: A pen, tape, paper for each person and a list of well-known pairs (e.g. Adam and Eve, Shampoo and Conditioner, Up and Down)
1. Write one half of each pair on the sheets of paper (Adam on one piece, Eve on another, and so on).
2. Tape one paper to each person’s back, then have everyone mingle and try to figure out the word on their back.
3. The rule: they can only ask each other yes or no questions. Once they figure out their word, they then need to find the other half of their pair.
4. When they find each other, have them sit down and find three things they have in common while the rest of the team continues.
#8. Human Knot
Useful for: Communication Skills
What you need: Nothing
1. Have everyone stand in a circle facing each other, shoulder to shoulder.
2. Instruct everyone to put their right hand out and grab a random hand of someone across from them.
3. Tell them to put their left hand out and grab another random hand from a different person across the circle.
4. Within a set time limit, the group needs to untangle the knot of arms without releasing their hands. (If the group is too large, make multiple smaller circles and have the separate groups compete).
#7. The Barter Puzzle
Useful for: Negotiation, problem solving, communication and team working skills
What you need: Different jigsaw puzzle for each group (same difficulty)
1. Divide the group in 4 or more small groups
2. Give each group a different jigsaw puzzle with the same difficulty level.
3. The goal is to see which group can complete their jigsaw puzzle the fastest. However, some pieces will be mixed around in other group’s jigsaw puzzles.
4. It’s up to the team to come up with a way to get those pieces back — either through negotiating, trading, exchanging team members, etc. Whatever they decide to do, they must decide as a group.
#6. Truth, Truth, Lie
Useful for: Communication skills. Gives introverts an equal chance to speak
What you need: Nothing
1. Sit everyone in a circle facing each other.
2. Have each person come up with three facts about themselves and one lie. The lie should be realistic instead of extravagant.
3. Go around the circle and have each person state the three facts and a lie in a random order, without revealing which is the lie.
4. After someone shares, the others must guess which is the lie.
#5. Newspaper towers
Useful for: Creativity, coordination, and teamwork
What you need: Lots of newspapers.
1. Divide the group into teams of 4-8 people, so that you have at least 2 teams.
2. Give each group a number of newspapers and a roll of sticky tape.
3. Give the teams 10-15 minutes to see who can build the tallest towers using only the objects supplied.
Useful for: Communication
What you need: Comic books, children’s books or pictures from the internet. You need something that has a very busy picture e.g. The Tiger who came to Tea or Batman or Spiderman comics
1. Divide the group into teams of 8-10 people, so that you have at least 2 teams.
2. As the game organizer, who will not be playing, find a children’s book or comic book with at least as many pages as the number of players.
3. Make copies of each page.
4. Identify each of the pages with a unique number or letter, but not in their original order. If you had ten pages, you could first shuffle the pages, and then go through them numbering them 1 to 10.
5. Players are not allowed to read the text on the pages. They must describe what is happening in their own words. The same rule applies to speech/speech bubbles on the page. They cannot read this speech directly, but can only vaguely describe what is being said.
6. Players cannot show their page to any other player until the very end of the game, when the order has been decided.
7. When deciding on an order, pages should be placed face down on the table.
8. The goal of the game is to have all the pages placed face down in the correct order.
9. Randomly hand out the pages to all the players, so that everyone has at least one page. If there are more pages than people they should be distributed as evenly as possible. The goal of the game is to have all the pages placed face down in the correct order.
10. When an order has been agreed upon by all players, the players turn all pages face-up and check that the story is in the right order. If there is any doubt, they can check with the organizer.
Useful for: Problem Solving, Strategy, Communication skills
What you need: Children’s building blocks
1. The instructor will build a small sculpture with some of the building blocks and hide it from the group.
2. The participants should then be divided into small teams of 3-6.
3. Each team should be given enough building material so that they can duplicate the structure the instructor has created (specific size and colour included).
4. The instructor should then place their sculpture in an area that is an equal distance from all the groups.
5. One member from each team can come up at any point of time to look at the sculpture for as long as they want and try to memorize it before returning to their team. No paper, pen no camera are allowed to be brought to the sculpture.
6. After they return to their teams, they instruct their teams about how to build an exact replica of the instructor’s sculpture.
7. Meanwhile, another member from each team can come up for another sneak peek before returning to their team and trying to recreate the sculpture.
8. The game should be continued in this pattern until one of the team’s successfully duplicates the original sculpture.
#2. Talking in circles
Useful for: Communication skills
What you need: Long piece of string
1. Place everyone in a circle around a long piece of string that is tied at its ends to form a circle.
2. Have everyone grasp the string with both hands and hold the string waist high.
3. Without letting go, the team will have to form shapes with the string; a square, a triangle, a figure eight, a rectangle, etc.
4. 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.
Useful for: Communication, team building and imagination skills
What you need: Long piece of string
1. Print out 5 sets of 6 random pictures / photos of people, transport, places, animals, landmarks etc
2. Divide the teams into pairs (and have subgroups of no more than 10 people).
3. Give each pair a set of 6 random photos and ask them to take 10 minutes to come up with a random story about the pieces.
4. Ask each pair to present that story back to the team.
5. Give prizes for the most inventive / funny / inspiring / believable stories.
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