Team Building is important to your participants and staff. We may get new teammates added to our staff, or we may just need some new games for your participants so they feel more connected to each other. Here are three fun ideas that John Collins a colleague of mine did at a meeting recently. Pipeline, Zoom, and Tennis Ball Balance. All of these team building games get your groups working together and talking to each other.
Pipeline: A fast-paced game that uses body coordination, teamwork, communication and planning. Pipeline is easy to modify, which helps to motivate the team, develop communication skills, solve group problem practice, and practice goal setting. You want to get the ping pong ball from one end to the other without it dropping, not going backwards, or stopping. Great game to work on communication and patience with each other.
Zoom: Open this wordless book and zoom from a farm to a ship to a city street to a desert island. But if you think you know where you are, guess again. For nothing is ever as it seems in Istvan Banyai’s sleek, mysterious landscapes of pictures within pictures, which will tease and delight readers of all ages. Tear these pictures out of the book, mix them up, and have your team put these in chronological order.
Tennis Ball Balance: Your group will be given one rubber band, pre cut yarn strings, and one tennis ball. The objective is to move the tennis ball from one side of the room to the other just using these items. The ball can’t fall, and if it does you must start again. Once you get to the other side, you must put the ball on top of the cone.
When you finish each of these activities, bring your group together to process how the game went. Ask questions like “What was hard about this?”, “Who was the leader, or did you have one?”, “Did everyone participate, if not, why?” Great way to have discussion so you can learn from each other and see their personality in action. I have more fun ideas in the Resource Zone on my website. Feel free to steal and share!