Team-building activities can be powerful icebreaker tools to quickly encourage a large group pf people to get acquainted and learn how to work together as a unit. A good team-building activity can help a group of people build a rapport that might otherwise take months or weeks to establish. Bear in mind that when it comes to team-building activities for larger groups, they should be fun and challenging.
While you can play this game with any size group, 10 people is the ideal number for this exercise because it makes the activity challenging but not impossible. Have each group of 10 stand in a circle facing each other and everyone must lift their left hands and reach over and grab the hand of the person across from them. Then, in that position, everyone must lift their right hand and grab the hand of the person on the other side of the now smaller circle. Without breaking hands, the group must work together as a team to untangle the knot and get back to the original position of a circle. This game requires people to be in close proximity, so warn people of that before starting.
To successfully complete this game, members of the team have to creatively figure out how to help each other out in order to stick together. Place a broad sheet of newspaper in the middle of the room. Tell all 10 members to stand evenly around it. With music playing, have the 10 members dance around it. Abruptly stop the music and yell, "All aboard!" All 10 members must find an available spot on the newspaper to stand. Unlike musical chairs, the goal of this game is not to eliminate individuals, but to find a way to include everyone on the paper. Once everyone has found a spot, turn the music back on and make the piece of newspaper even smaller. The next time that you stop the music, it will be an even greater challenge to the team of people. Continue the activity in this fashion until the paper becomes too small for all individuals to stand on.
This team-building activity challenges people to create a pattern by throwing and catching a ball while adhering to certain guidelines. A group of 10 people must stand in a circle facing each other with a ball and develop a throwing pattern according to these rules: they can't throw the ball to someone on their right or left; everyone must catch and throw once; and everyone must remember who they threw and caught the ball from. Thus the team must practice the pattern that they create in adherence with those rules and be able to repeat it multiple times the exact same way.
Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."