Team building activities help any group find a sense of cohesiveness and cooperation. From student athletic teams or academic groups, to adults in a corporate setting, team building exercises aimed at following directions are useful. Teams learn to listen to supervisor instructions and each other while working to achieve a common goal. This skill proves helpful for a successful group or business.
Back-to-back drawing stresses both creativity and following directions. Split the group into pairs and instruct the pairs to sit back to back. Give one person a pad of paper and a pencil, and give their partner a picture of a simple shape. That person then instructs his partner on how to draw the shape without saying the shape’s name. After the drawing is complete, have the partners trade roles and give them a new shape. Afterward, analyze how well instructions were given and received in each group and how well the instructions translated to clear drawings.
Mine field is a direction-following game that is best played outside on a wide open soft surface such as a field. Set up a field of “mines” consisting of items such as chairs, construction cones or boxes. Be sure to leave a pathway among the “mine field” items for people to walk through. Divide the team into partners and blindfold one person in each partnership. The partner who can see is responsible for guiding her partner safely through the mine field using only verbal directions; she may not touch him in any way.
Raft building is a creative group construction activity. Have small groups work together to design a raft that will actually float using a given amount of available items. The team must work together to design the raft, then elect one member of the group to serve as the construction supervisor. The supervisor then directs the team through the building process and the team must follow his directions to achieve success. Rafts can be built on a small scale to float in a kiddy pool, or on a large scale at a lake outing.
Photo Scavenger Hunt
A photo scavenger hunt is an exciting way for a group to learn to follow directions while having fun and exploring a town or neighborhood. Write down assignments such as “a photo of the largest tree you can find” or “take a picture of a yellow car" and give the list to each small team. Each team then travels by car (or on foot, if possible) around town and takes pictures of each item with a cell phone camera. When the group returns, compare photos to see how each team interpreted clues such as “the funniest thing you can find.”
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