Great team-building activities use experiential learning events to build relationships and improve a team’s ability to work together. Team-building activities can be used to teach lessons or provide an opportunity for a team to interact. These activities are intended to teach lessons on how to communicate, how to work together and the importance of listening and leadership. An effective way to teach team members the principles learned through team-building activities is to provide a discussion time after the activity is over. Allow the members of the team to discuss the lessons they can glean from the activity.
All Tied Up
Instruct the team to stand in a circle facing one another. Tell the members to place their hands in the middle of circle and grab a random hand. This will create a large human knot. The objective of the activity is for the team to untie themselves without letting go of one another’s hands. The team will have to use verbal communication, problem-solving skills and team work to accomplish the task. This activity allows team members to have fun while trying to problem-solve as a team.
Instruct the team to stand in a circle with their backs towards one another. Have the team sit on the ground. Tell the team that the objective of the activity is to have the entire team stand up together, at the same time, without leaving anyone on the ground. The team will have to brainstorm on how to make this happen. Eventually, they will work together by creating pressure from their backs to stand up at the same time. It may take few attempts before the task is successfully accomplished.
Take a hike with the team up a challenging trail or small mountain. During the hike, you can create certain difficulties that the team will have to solve together. For example, you can stop the team and tell them that a lion just bit the legs of two team members and so they can no longer walk. The team will have to work together to support the team members with a restricted ability to walk. At the end of the hike, provide food and drink and discuss the physical, mental and social challenges experienced during the activity.
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