Our 5 Favourite Team Building Ideas for Large Work Groups

Our 5 Favourite Team Building Ideas for Large Work Groups

Most of our Eventwise team building ideas involve smaller groups: usually between 25 and 50 people. This makes it easier to plan team-building exercises that are more personalized, as it’s simpler to work with fewer people.

But what do you do if you have a LARGE group to work with? Perhaps you want to take your whole department on a team-building retreat, or your whole company even? How can we make those small group-oriented team building ideas work with more people?

Simple: we plan team building exercises for large groups! These activities are similar in nature to the team building ideas for smaller groups, but they’re expanded to accommodate more people. They’re just as easy for us to plan–even easier, in many cases, as we have more people to work with.

Here are some of our favorite team building exercises for large groups:


Build Your Spaceship

What you’ll need:

  • Paper and pencil for each team
  • A basic understanding of how a spaceship works (15 minutes with Wikipedia/Google should do it)

Set Up:

  • Divide the team members into 6 – 10 groups. Give each team a paper and pencil.

Group Size:

  • Ideally, you want at least 8 to 12 people per team. The more minds, the better!

The Activity:

  • Give each team a part of the spaceship: Rocket for launching, landing capsule for Moon Landing, living quarters, control/steering, storage, kitchen, etc. Each team has to draw that part of the spaceship, and decide what to put in it.
  • Once each team has designed their specific component of the spaceship, all of the teams have to bring their various parts together and try to build the most effective spaceship possible. Try and figure out what, if anything, is missing from the items added to the spaceship, and whether or not your astronauts would survive the trip to the Moon and back.

Total Time:

  • 45 to 90 minutes.

Objective:

  • This is a fun exercise that gets everyone thinking outside their comfort zone, forcing them to get creative in dealing with this new problem. It also forces them to think of the big picture, beyond just their small part of the spaceship. They have to create a design that interacts well with the other parts of the spaceship!

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Balloon Race

What you’ll need:

  • 50-100 balloons
  • A “Start” and “Finish” line

Set Up:

  • Blow up the balloons (regular air, no helium needed). Divide the participants into groups of 10 to 20 people.

Group Size:

  • You want at least 4 to 8 lines of 10-20 people.

The Activity:

  • Have all of the participants stand in a long line, and place a balloon between them. They cannot use their hands to hold the balloons, but must keep the balloon from falling by pressing it against their partner’s back. If the balloon falls, they can use their feet to try to pick it up. Only once the balloon touches the ground can they pick it up with their hands.
  • The goal of the game is to cross the entire field from the Start to the Finish. The entire line must cross the Finish line with their balloons in place. The first team to cross the Finish line wins.

Total Time:

  • 15 to 30 minutes.

Objective:

  • This is NOT an easy game! It’s going to take a lot of patience and coordination to keep moving as a team, and that will promote better communication and teamwork between the various members in line. Definitely one of our favorite exercises for focusing on cohesion and unity.

Survival

What you’ll need:

  • Paper and pencils for the entire group

Set Up:

  • Divide the team members into groups up to 12 groups.

Group Size

  • You’ll want about 6-10 people per group.

The Activity:

  • Give each team a different survival scenario: desert island, crashed airplane, lost in the mountains, etc. They have to come up with the smallest possible list of items they will need to survive in their scenario.
  • They will then present their list to the other groups, and everyone will vote on which team they think has the best chance of survival.
  • There are two ways to win the game:
    • Have the shortest list of items needed to survive.
    • Be voted as the “Most Likely to Survive” by all the other teams

Total Time:

  • 15 minutes for brainstorming, 5-10 minutes per team for presenting.

Objective:

  • This is a creative problem-solving exercise that works well for large groups. Each team has to find the most effective approach to their specific challenge, forcing them to get creative and put themselves in the place of a person trapped in that scenario. It also promotes teamwork, as all the teams have to try to trim down their list as much as possible.

Crowd Surfing

What you’ll need:

  • A lot of people (100+)

Set Up:

  • Divide the participants into four teams.

Group Size:

  • You want at least 20-30 people per team.

The Activity:

  • Set up a “Start” and “Finish” line a reasonable distance apart. Have the teams form lines, and they must pass their players down the line crowdsurfing-style. The only people that can move are the ones being passed down the line, but they must stand where they are set down.
  • The first team to place one of their players on the far side of the “Finish” line wins the game.

Happy hipster woman crowd surfing at a music festival

Total Time:

  • 15 to 30 minutes.

Objective:

  • This may seem like a simple problem of strength and size, but it’s actually a bit more complex than that. The teams will need to think smart to figure out how to pass the right number of participants from one end of the line to the other. It’s not as easy as it looks, and it will take teamwork and creative problem solving skills for your teams to figure out the most efficient way to pass the players.

Team Mini Golf

What you’ll need:

  • 1 golf or mini golf club per participant
  • 1 golf ball per team

Set Up:

  • Divide all of your participants into 4-8 teams. Give each a golf club.

Group Size:

  • You want at least 15-20 people per team.

The Activity:

  • Set up an obstacle course that your golfers will have to play around. Make as many barriers, traps, holes, shortcuts, and pitfalls as you want.
  • Have the golfers set their players at intervals around the course. The golf ball will need to pass through, around, over, or under all of the obstacles (either in a pre-determined order or at random), and the teams will have to figure out the best arrangement of their players to get the ball from the beginning to the end of the obstacle course.
  • The first person passes the ball to the next player, but they cannot hit the ball until it has stopped rolling. They can move to hit the ball, but the next player cannot move until it is their turn. The goal is to pass the ball from start to finish in as few moves as possible.

Total Time:

  • 30 to 90 minutes.

Objective:

  • This is one of our favorite team building ideas to promote unity, cohesion, and creative problem solving. It’s not an easy task, but definitely a fun one!

golf club, ball and hole


These team building exercises will bring your large groups together, forcing them to work in unity to solve their common problems. Plus, we’ve found that they can be a whole lot of fun!

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Got any more team building ideas for large groups? Drop a comment below and let us know…

Eventwise Staff
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