Top 10 corporate team building activities for team meetings that your team will love

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. 

Instructions:             

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.

 

#9.  Pairs

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)

Instructions:             

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

Instructions:             

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)

Instructions:             

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

Instructions:

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. 

Instructions:

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.

 

#4.  Sequence

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 

Instructions:

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.

 

#3.  Legoman

Useful for:                  Problem Solving, Strategy, Communication skills

What you need:        Children’s building blocks

 Instructions:

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

Instructions:

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.

 

#1.  Storyboard

Useful for:                  Communication, team building and imagination skills

What you need:        Long piece of string

Instructions:

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.

 

Looking for ideas for your next corporate event?

Want to try a team building adventure outside that is both mentally and physically stimulating?

Cryptic Cities is a great new way to explore Sydney.  Once you buy a trail on the website you can start straight away.  You get a trail of cryptic clues sent directly to your mobile which you have to solve in order to find the next location and text back the answer.  You can add an extra mobile number per team too if you like.  It’s a great way to discover places in Sydney that you never knew existed.

Price:  $25 per team.  Ideal team size is 4-5 people.

Contact us directly at info@crypticcities.com if you have a large group (more than 24 people) and want a tailor made trail

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How to Plan the Perfect Children’s Party in Sydney

Stuck for fun, new ideas for your child’s next birthday party?  Well how about this?…

Children love having fun outside…

Children love mobile phones…

Children love games…

…and, Cryptic Cities has combined all three into one great experience!

 

What is it?

Cryptic Cities is the perfect party experience for children aged 4-10 years old.

Kids can explore the beautiful Botanic Gardens or beachside suburb of Manly, with these kids edition Trails from Cryptic Cities.

They can solve puzzles, follow clues and search out the answers that guide them on a fun and educational day out.  Kids will love using the mobile phone to receive and respond to the clues by text message.

There are 10 or 11 clues, with one or two breaks (and toilets) along the route half way around, so they can take their time or race around as a competition.

 

10 great reasons why this is the perfect children’s party idea in Sydney…

1. Stuck for a last-minute idea? You can book and start straight away

2. It’s cheap – at only $20 per team, with 4 kids per team, that works out to be only $5 per child!

3. You can take a picnic to eat at the end or stop off enroute at a designated café stop

4. There is a break half way around on all Trails so there is always the opportunity for a toilet break!

5. Kids Trails take around 1.5 hours (or quicker as a competition) so it’s the perfect length of time to keep them entertained

6. It’s a unique experience, and one they’ll keep talking about for years afterwards

7. Kids love competitions and prizes – you could set it up as a competition and hand out prizes at the end

8. Kids will love using your mobile phone to text back the answers – for once you want them to use it!

9. It’s educational as well as fun

10. Everyone gets the explore somewhere different, adults will love it too

 

How to set up the children’s perfect party…it’s so easy…

1. Go to www.crypticcities.com/trails.php?trail_cat=Kids

2. Select the Kids Trail that suits you best

3. Ideally teams consist of: maximum of 4 kids per team with 1 adult and 1 mobile phone – so set up the number of teams that suits your party size

4. You will be sent a confirmation to your email and mobile phone numbers immediately. Start your Trail from the location provided anytime within the next 30 days

5. Pack sunscreen, water, snacks or a picnic for the kids, if you like. That’s it, you’re all set to go!

 

At the start location…

1. Text START to the mobile number provided

2. Receive your first clue

3. Follow the clues to find the answer and text it back to receive the next clue

4. Don’t worry if you get stuck, just text HINT to receive help solving the clue

 

Don’t have a birthday coming up, but love the sound of the Trails?

You can do the Trails anytime and for any occasion.  It’s the perfect way to keep kids entertained on weekends or school holidays too.  There are even Trails tailored to adults too.

 

Get in touch

If you have any questions on how to plan the perfect children’s party, please don’t hesitate to get in contact info@crypticcities.com  With a bit of notice, for a larger party, we can even design a tailor-made Trail for you.  Just ask us for our pricing.

Reviews

Cryptic Cities has been featured in the following publications / websites:

Weekend notes:

https://www.weekendnotes.com/cryptic-cities-sydney/

https://www.weekendnotes.com/low-cost-things-to-do-in-sydney/

What’s On – City of Sydney

https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/cryptic-cities

Thingdoer

https://thingdoer.com/activities/8285/cryptic-cities-solve-trail-cryptic-clues-around-sydney-on-your-mobile

Fun things to do in Sydney with familydaysout.com

https://www.familydaysout.com/kids-things-to-do-australia/sydney/nsw

Cryptic Cities Launches in Sydney

Cryptic Cities launches with the first 5 Trails across Sydney.

Cryptic Cities is a modern day, text message based treasure hunt, which leads you on a trail of cryptic clues around the city.

You can play individually, as a couple, as a group, or compete against another team.

Check out our special Trail for children which is also pram friendly.

 

How to play

In order to play, simply select your Trail and enter your details online.  You will receive a welcome email and text instantly.  Start your Trail from the location provided anytime within the next 30 days.

Cryptic clues are sent directly to your mobile.  Follow the clues to find the answer and text it back to receive the next clue.  Don’t worry if you get stuck, you can receive help at any time.

Go to: http://crypticcities.com/trails.php to play

 

How long does it take?

Each Trail takes between 2 – 4 hours to complete (depending on how quickly you solve the clues and travel between locations!).  Each clue is within walking distance.  A rough guide is provided in the trail descriptions.  Trails have 10 – 16 clues.

 

Taster clues

To give you an idea of the experience, here are a couple of example clues from our Trails…

“Head W on Hitchcock’s Highway.  Descend the chasm, until you notice ammo that’s all the rage on your L.  What are in front of the windows at number 16 and 18?”

“Remove this nearby wharf from CAKY BLACK HORSE to reveal an ocean creature.  What is it?”

 

Life is the sum of your experiences…make them fun!