11 Team Building Games to Make Your Team Extraordinary

11 Team Building Games to Make Your Team Extraordinary

What brings a team together? The truth is that there is no way to pinpoint the precise moment that a team formed a strong bond, or what caused it. But there are many things we can do to help encourage that bond, and team building games and events are definitely one of the best ways to go.

Why is that? Simple: everybody loves games! Games are fun and can help people to relax. When people are happy and relaxed, they are more easily able to bond with others. Team building activities and games encourage bonding in a way no amount of work or pressure ever could!

Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best team building ideas for your team. These team building games are a whole lot of fun, and they’ll bring your team together effectively. Best of all, they’re simple and easy to play, no matter how large or small your team is!


The Barter Puzzle

What you’ll need:

  • 1 piece of colored paper per team
  • Pen

Set Up:

  • Print out a picture on the piece of colored paper, and cut the paper into 20 to 50 different pieces.

Group Size:

  • This game is best played with 4 to 8 teams, each comprised of two to six players.

The Activity:

Give each team half of the pieces needed to complete their puzzle, along with puzzle pieces belonging to the other teams. Each team is trying to complete the puzzle before the other teams, and they have to find a way to convince the other teams to give them the pieces of their puzzle. Methods could include

  • Bartering for pieces.
  • Merging teams
  • Giving time to help solve the puzzle
  • Exchanging team members

The team must solve the puzzle together. The first team to solve their puzzle wins.

Total Time:

  • 20 to 60 minutes.

Objective:

  • This game is all about finding creative solutions to problems, and trying to figure out a way to get what you want from others. It’s also about working together and with each other.

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Geocache Scavenger Hunt

What you’ll need:

  • GPS-enabled devices (smartphones, GPS car system, etc.)

Set Up:

  • Choose GPS locations around your city and write down the coordinates on a piece of paper.

Group Size:

  • Ideally, you want three to eight teams, each with two to six members.

The Activity:

  • Give each team a list of GPS coordinates. They are to make their way to those coordinates however they can (car, bus, train, etc.) and snap a picture of their entire team at that precise location. The first team to take pictures at all the locations on the list and return to the starting point wins the game.

Total Time:

  • All day

Objective:

  • This game encourages teamwork, as the entire team has to decide on which route to travel, which GPS locations to visit first, and achieve a common goal within a limited time.

Show and Tell

What you’ll need:

  • Every team member will have their own items

Set Up:

  • Before the event, tell the team members that you will want them to bring something they built/created/constructed. If the item is too large to bring to the event, they have to bring detailed pictures.

Group Size:

  • As many as you want – the more the merrier!

The Activity:

Have each person bring something that they built or created themselves. Everyone has hobbies that occupy their spare time, and now is their chance to show their team members what makes them tick.

It can be:

  • A picture they painted/drew
  • A short story they wrote/excerpt from a novel they’re working on
  • A machine they’re re-building
  • A greenhouse/chicken coop they built
  • and the list goes on… .

Have everyone bring the works of their hands to show the others.

Total Time:

  • 5 to 15 minutes per participant

Objective:

  • This is a good “get to know you” activity, one that will show the various members of your team what the others enjoy and what they’re passionate about.

team building game Whats the Common Thread

What’s the Common Thread

What you’ll need:

  • No materials are required

Set Up:

  • Divide everyone into teams and send them into separate rooms.

Group Size:

  • Ideally, 8 to 12 people per group, with 4 to 8 groups.

The Activity:

Have each team try to find a commonality among themselves. This can include:

It can be:

  • Hobbies
  • Music
  • Books
  • Activities
  • Favorite foods
  • School attended

It doesn’t matter what that common thread is, so long as it’s something they all share.

Afterwards, all the teams share the common thread they found among the various team members.

Total Time:

  • 20 to 60 minutes

Objective:

  • Get to know each team, and understand that there is ALWAYS a common ground, even among a diverse group of people.

Company Jenga

What you’ll need:

  • A box of Jenga blocks per team
  • • A marker per team

Set Up:

  • Divide all of your participants into various teams, and give them each a marker and a box of Jenga blocks.

Group Size:

  • Ideally four to six per team, with four to six teams.

The Activity:

 

  • To begin, have each team label the Jenga blocks according to the departments in the company (IT, accounting, legal, executives, etc.). Have them choose the right number of blocks according to the departments they feel are most important (i.e.; executives = 2% of the blocks, IT = 15% of the blocks, etc.).
  • Have them build the tower, and instruct them to remove as many blocks as possible without allowing the structure to collapse.

It doesn’t matter what that common thread is, so long as it’s something they all share.

Afterwards, all the teams share the common thread they found among the various team members.

Total Time:

  • 30 to 60 minutes

Objective:

  • This exercise is meant to illustrate how each department is important. Take one away, and the company structure will collapse.

team building game Follow the Instructions

Follow the Instructions

What you’ll need:

  • A whiteboard and marker
  • A blindfold

Set Up:

  • Divide your team into pairs of two.

Group Size:

  • 12 to 20 participants

The Activity:

  • Place the blindfold on one of the team members. They will be the artist.
  • Give the other team member a simple picture or shape (apple, head, foot, animal, etc.), and have them give verbal instructions to the blindfolded artist on what to draw. They cannot describe the item, but they can only give directions on how to move the marker.
  • Once the picture is done, have the artist remove the blindfold and try to guess what they drew. The teams with the most accurate images win.

Total Time:

  • 5 to 10 minutes per team

Objective:

  • This is about teamwork, heeding instructions, and clear communication.

Newspaper Dance

What you’ll need:

  • A normal-sized newspaper
  • Music and sound system

Set Up:

  • Divide the group into teams of two people. Give each person a sheet of newspaper.

Group Size:

  • 12 to 36 people

The Activity:

  • Turn on the music and have the teams dance, but ONLY standing on their sheet of newspaper. Pause the music and have the teams rip their sheet of newspaper in half. They must stand on the newspaper and dance again.
  • Continue to pause the music, ripping the newspaper in half every time. Anyone who steps off their newspaper is out. The winner is the last team standing.

Total Time:

  • 20 to 45 minutes

Objective:

  • This is a whole lot of fun, but it’s also good for developing creative problem solving skills.

Mine Field

A Perfect Square

What you’ll need:

  • A length of rope per team
  • Blindfolds

Set Up:

  • Divide your group into teams of four.

Group Size:

  • 16 to 32 people

The Activity:

  • Give each team a length of rope, and blindfold them. Instruct them to form the best square they can, with each member of the team taking a “corner” of the square. They can only remove their blindfolds when they feel their square is complete. They also cannot release their hold on the rope, but they can call out instructions to each other.
  • The winner is the team with the most accurate square.

Total Time:

  • 5 to 15 minutes

Objective:

  • This game teaches communication, listening, and trust. It will also teach about leadership styles – some people will inevitably want to take charge.

Group Timeline

What you’ll need:

  • A length of rope per team
  • Blindfolds

Set Up:

  • None required.

Group Size:

  • 4 to 12 participants

The Activity:

  • Draw a line running from one end of the whiteboard. At the far right, mark the current date. At the far left, mark the birth date of the oldest person on the team.
  • Give each team member five to eight strips of paper and let them populate the timeline with important dates:
    • Birth
    • Marriage
    • Significant life events
  • Also, populate the timeline with important company events, such as:
    • Mergers
    • Significant changes
    • Expansions

Total Time:

  • 30 to 60 minutes

Objective:

  • This is a chance to learn more about the rest of your team, but in context with your company. It can highlight the generational differences, as well as similarities, between the team members.

team building game Team Earthball

Team Earthball

What you’ll need:

  • A beach ball per team

Set Up:

  • Divide all of the participants into teams.

Group Size:

  • Teams of eight to 12 people, with four to eight teams

The Activity:

  • Have the team members stand in a wide circle, and give each a number–selecting at random.
  • Give each team a beach ball, and have them pass it back and forth between them. To begin, have them pass it to the person with the number higher than theirs (i.e. Person #3 passes it to Person #4, who passes it to Person #5). They cannot grab the ball, but they have to hit it volleyball style. Team members can call out which person is next to receive the ball.
  • To make the game more challenging, give them instructions like:
    • Hit it with only your head
    • Place hand behind your back
    • Kick it
  • The winner is the team that can go around the circle the most number of times, hitting it in the correct order.

Total Time:

  • 15 to 45 minutes

Objective:

  • This is about quick thinking and teamwork, as well as active listening to instructions.

Salesman

What you’ll need:

  • A box filled with random objects

Set Up:

  • None required

Group Size:

  • 10 to 20 participants

The Activity:

  • Have each person reach into the box and select the first item they touch. They then have to prepare a short sales pitch for the item they have selected and try to “sell” it to the rest of the group. The goal is to make it as quirky and funny as possible.
  • After everyone has given their pitch, the group decides which was the best and votes a winner.

Total Time:

  • 30 to 60 minutes

Objective:

  • This is an amazing game to promote individual innovation and creativity, as well as give the group a laugh. You may discover an amazing salesman hiding among the ranks of the support staff! .

These team building games are an amazing way to promote unity and harmony among your team, as well as encourage a closer bond between team members. We’ll be happy to include these team building ideas when planning your next event!

What did you think of these team building activities? Do you have any games or ideas that you enjoyed or that helped in your team building events? Leave a comment below, and let us know!

Eventwise Staff
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