Seven Team Building Games Without Props

Seven Team Building Games Without Props

Team building games can be a great way to encourage better cohesion and harmony between your employees. Instead of a boring presentation or conference, these games offer your workers a chance to interact and bond, while doing something they enjoy. What could be better than that?

The beauty of these team building games is that they require very little in the way of props. There are plenty of paper and pen team building games that involve creative writing or art, but these activities are closer to the kind of games you’d play at a party or away day.

Here are some of the best team building games without props for you to try at your next team-building meeting:


Brainstorming And Teamwork during team building games

Castaway

This is a fun game that will help your employees work together as a team to figure out how to survive on a deserted island. (Don’t worry, there won’t be any shipwrecking involved!)

What you’ll need:

  • Paper
  • Pencils (one per team)

Set Up:

  • Divide everyone into even-numbered groups. Keep the teams between four and six people.

Group Size:

  • This can be played with as many or as few people as you want. More people = more teams.

The Activity:

  • Have each team write down a list of the three things they would choose to bring to a deserted island to survive. They will need to work together to come up with the list.
  • Once the lists are drawn up, give each team a chance to present their list and defend their choices. They will need to explain why they chose specific items to bring with them.
  • Everyone will vote on which team had the best list of survival items. The winning team receives a prize or reward of some sort.

Total Time:

  • Give each team 10-15 minutes to come up with their lists, and each team will need about 5 minutes to present their list and defend their choices. Expect 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the number of teams.

Objective:

  • Teams will need to work together to come up with the best possible solution. It will take effort to narrow down choices to three that they can agree upon, promoting effective conflict resolution, problem-solving, and communication.

Never Have I Ever…

This is a fun game that will help your team get to know each other. You may be surprised by some of the things people have done!

What you’ll need:

  • Chairs

Set Up:

  • Write down a list of 30 to 50 “Never Have I Ever…” items, related to work, personal life, and travel.

For example: “Never Have I Ever…”

  • Traveled  to Asia/Africa/Australia
  • Slept on the job
  • Fired someone
  • Talked my way out of a ticket

Find a list of questions here, and use them to come up with your own ideas.

Group Size:

  • A group of 12 to 25 people is ideal for this game.

The Activity:

  • Set up chairs in a circle facing inward, and seat each of the attendees. Read out the first “Never Have I Ever…” question. Anyone who HAS done the activity on the card will move one chair to their right (counterclockwise). If someone is seated in the chair, the newcomer will sit on their lap. (Be warned, large piles may form!) .
  • Continue asking the “Never Have I Ever…” questions until one person circles the entire ring of chairs to return to their original seat. They are the winner.

Total Time:

  • Depending on the number of people and the questions asked, the game can take anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes.

Objective:

  • Get to know interesting and random facts about the people you’re working with.

Name and Profession team building game

Name and Profession

Having trouble remembering the names of the people attending the team-building event? After this game, you’ll never forget!

What you’ll need:

  • Chairs

Set Up:

  • Set up the chairs in a circle facing inward. Everyone should go around the room and introduce themselves, giving their name and position (accounts manager, CEO, etc.

Group Size:

  • The ideal number of people for this game is between 12 and 25.

The Activity:

  • Have everyone clap a slow, steady rhythm to set the pace of the game.
  • The person to start the game begins with their name and profession (i.e., “John, Payroll Manager”) and follows it up with the name and profession of someone else (i.e., “Linda, COO”). The person called will say their name and professional, and follow it up with the name and profession of someone else. This will continue until someone makes a mistake with either name of profession. That person is “out”.
  • The eliminations continue until only two people are left. Those two people are the winners and receive a reward.

Total Time:

  • This game should last for no more than 45 minutes.

Objective:

  • Thanks to this game, you’ll never forget your fellow team members’ names or their jobs.

Name and Number

This is one of the best paper and pen team building games to test how good you are at remembering people’s names, and how quickly you can learn about new people.

What you’ll need:

  • Paper and pen (1 per participant)

Set Up:

  • Write down a number for each person participating in the game, and use a piece of tape to attach it to the person’s chest.

Group Size:

  • This game is best when played with more than 20 people.

The Activity:

  • Give everyone five to 10 minutes to mingle and get to know new teammates. They will need to learn each person’s name, as well as the number they were assigned.
  • At the end of “mingling time”, everyone is given a sheet of blank paper to write down as many numbers and corresponding names as they can remember. The winner is the one who gets the most names and numbers right.

Total Time:

  • This game will take up to 30 minutes, depending on the amount of time you give for mingling.

Objective:

  • This is a great game to help people get to know each other. It’s a memory test that will encourage all the participants to learn something memorable about everyone else so they can remember their name and number.

Two Truths and a Lie team building game

Two Truths and a Lie

This is one of the best team building games for people who work closely together, as it can help you to learn more about your teammates beyond what you know about their “at work” persona.

What you’ll need:

  • Chairs

Set Up:

  • Set the chairs in an inward-facing circle, and have all of the attendees sit.

Group Size:

  • This game is best when played with more than 20 people.

The Activity:

  • Have someone say “two truths, and a lie”. For example:
    • I lived in London until the age of 12
    • I spent five weeks abroad in college
    • I walked on the moon
  • Try to make the truths as interesting as possible, using little-known facts about you, your life, and your interests.
  • Choose one person at random to guess which are the two truths and the lie. If they guess correctly, it is their turn. If they guess incorrectly, choose someone else and repeat the game

Total Time:

  • This game should run from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the number of people playing.

Objective:

  • Get to know random, interesting facts about the people with whom you work. The more you know about them, the easier it is to form a bond.

Human Knot

This is a game that promotes problem-solving and creative thinking in a fun, very challenging way.

What you’ll need:

  • This game requires no props

Set Up:

  • Divide the room into teams of two.

Group Size:

  • This game is best played with 14 to 20 people.

The Activity:

  • Have one team leave the room, and other team in charge. The rest of the players will form a circle, linking hands. The “in charge” team will instruct the players on how to get into a human knot (i.e. “under his legs”, “over his hands”, “behind his back”, etc.). Once they are satisfied with their human knot, they will call in the other team to untangle the knot.
  • If the knot is untangled, the “in charge” team will leave the room and a new team will take charge. If not, the team that fails must leave the room again.
  • Choose one person at random to guess which are the two truths and the lie. If they guess correctly, it is their turn. If they guess incorrectly, choose someone else and repeat the game

Total Time:

  • Depending on the number of people, the game should take up to 60 minutes.

Objective:

  • This is one of the best team building games to promote teamwork and creative problem-solving. Both teams will have to get creative – either to form the knot or to unravel it.

Mine Field team building game

Mine Field

How can you succeed as a team unless you trust each other? This game will help to encourage trust and promote listening skills.

What you’ll need:

  • This game requires no props

Set Up:

  • Have two people leave the room, with one of them blindfolded.
  • Arrange the rest of the participants as a “gauntlet” or “mine field” that prevents the blindfolded person from walking across the room in a straight line. Obstacles can stand with arms or legs spread wide, link arms, lie on the ground, etc.

Group Size:

  • This game is best when played with 12 to 20 people.

The Activity:

  • Once the obstacle course is set up, bring the two people back into the room. The blindfolded person will need to traverse the room, listening to the instructions provided them by their partner.
  • Everyone should get a chance to participate.
  • Choose one person at random to guess which are the two truths and the lie. If they guess correctly, it is their turn. If they guess incorrectly, choose someone else and repeat the game

Total Time:

  • This game will take up to two hours, depending on the number of people.

Objective:

  • his game encourages clear communication and trust between partners. Definitely a good team-building game!

This type of informal team building can be much more effective than any seminar, lecture, or conference. As you enjoy these games, you’ll learn to work with the others on your team more effectively.

Got any other good team building ideas or games to share? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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