25 Team building games and exercises – small business trends gas hydrates ppt

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The group must then take on the qualities of that stereotype for the remainder of the meeting. For example, if everyone in a group found out they had cats, they may all periodically ask members of other groups to view photos of their cats. After the meeting is over, discuss how silly stereotypes can be and how they narrow our vision of others. Watch Where You Step

On the floor, create a large, enclosed polygon about twelve feet or so long by seven feet wide using making tape. Try to shape it with the thought that people will be making their way from one end to the other. Inside the polygon, place some squeaking dog toys, and twice as many sheets of paper (or paper plates). The papers act as landmines.

This is one of the team building games where the goal is for pairs of two to make it from one side of the polygon to the other, blindfolded, using only the vocal guidance of the players on the outside of the shape. If a player steps on a mine, they become frozen, and must wait for the other player to step on a dog toy to continue. If both players become frozen, the team must restart. Use What You Have

Create a challenge of some sort for your team to tackle. This could be sending an email without touching the keyboard/mouse or making an innovative package concept, the choice is yours. Divide into even groups, give each team the same set of supplies, and instruct them to solve the problem using only the supplies given.

Another classic activity, this team building game requires two or more teams to attempt to build a package that carries an egg safely to the ground after a drop from a window or rooftop. After completing the package, each team should give a short presentation exposing why their package is unique and why they feel it will safely carry the egg to the ground. After, drop the eggs and see if the designs work! Frostbite

Break everyone up into groups of four or five. Each group acts as though they are stranded in the Arctic. Each group must elect a leader and erect a shelter in order to survive. The catch is, the leader is suffering from frostbite and cannot physically help in building the shelter. And the other team members are suffering from snow blindness and must be blindfolded.

This team building exercise is very simple. Before your next meeting, act excited, like you’re going to be giving big news. Next, simply stop taking, and remain silent for about a minute. Take notice of how people react, who seems to get nervous as the silence goes on and who feels comfortable. Once the time is up, ask everyone what they’ve learned in the silence. Dream Trip

Divide into pairs and ask each group to explain what they would do if they had a month to do whatever their heart desired, with an unlimited budget and freedom from everyday routines. After each group has exchanged their ideas, the opposite person must describe the trip of their partner as best they can. Pencil Drop

For this exercise, tie the ends of two pieces of string around the weaver of a pencil. Pair your team up into groups of two, and tie the other end of the strings around each team members waist. Have the teams stand back to back and attempt to lower the pencil into a soda or water bottle on the floor below. Alaskan Baseball

This team building game requires (PDF) a bit of physical activity. Divide into two groups. Using a rubber chicken (or any other equally ridiculous rubber object), Team A throws the play item as far as they can, and Team B must form a single file line from the item to the starting line. They just pass the item, using an over the head, between the legs alternating pattern until it reaches the starting line.

While Team B attempts to reach the starting line, one member at a time from Team A must run laps around the line made by the other team. Each person that completes a lap scores a point for their team. Repeat as many innings as seems appropriate with your group. Bears, Cowboys, and Ninjas

Much like the classic rock, paper, scissors game, each player chooses between three poses. Bears eat ninjas, ninjas beat up cowboys, and cowboys shoot bears. Each player either roars for bear, shoot finger guns for cowboys or strike a ninja pose. This is a great team building game to get everyone to let loose and get a little silly. Cluck and Clap

Create a bunch of cards with Xs and Os on them. The Xs represent clucks, and the Os stand for claps. Shuffle the cards and arrange them so that the entire group can see them. Lead them through the pattern first, keeping a steady pace and getting them comfortable with the arrangement.

Using a strong rope and a sturdy branch, tie a tire (PDF) about five feet from the ground. Secure it so that it doesn’t move around much. The goal is for everyone to work together to pass one another through the tire as quickly as possible, without touching the sides. Instruct the group that they must come up with their own strategy for getting everyone safely through the center. Turning Over a New Leaf

Much like the classic road crossing game, this team building exercise involves trying to make it from one side of the ‘river’ to the other. Using paper, cardboard, or whatever is handy, create a path of ‘lily pads’ from one side of the river to the other.