A full team building event is key for encouraging communication, building bonds, and practicing problem solving between people working together. But if you don’t have time for one because the new team needs to gel quickly so that they can start a project as soon as possible, or your current team just needs a quick refresh, something fast that will jump start those processes is an alternative worth trying.
That’s where these quick team building activities come in. They require little to no equipment and can be done almost anywhere (depending on the size of your team, of course.) Try just one or a combination for a miniature, yet effective team building session.
This conversational activity has a goal of identifying unique and sometime unusual events that we have in common with other members. The game is played like this:
- 2 people pair up and identify 3 unique things that they have in common.
- After finding 3 things they have in common they raise their hands and merge with another group to form a group of 4. Now the challenge is to find 2 things everyone has in common.
- Finally, after the group of 4 finds out what they have in common, they raise their hands and merge with another group to form a group of 8, and that group finds one thing they have in common.
- Then each of these groups shares what they discovered.
Commonalities will help your team bond by discovering that they had more common ground then they might have thought.
2. Two Truths and A Lie
For teams that are just forming, this is a fast get-to-know-you game for groups of 10 to 15. All you have to do is:
- Go around the group and ask each person to tell two truths and one lie about themselves.
- After each person gives their three statements ask the rest of the team to guess which is the lie and which ones are truths. Have each person reveal what the lie was.
This is an easy game to get a team quickly get acquainted with each other and promote bonding. You can even make it competitive by keeping score of who guessed the lie the most times!
3. Beach Ball Toss
The beach ball toss is another activity that helps smaller and larger groups alike get to know each other or allows new team members to introduce themselves. All you need is an inflated beach ball and a permanent marker. Get the game going with the following steps:
- Write questions all over the beach ball. Examples include:
- If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
- What was the last book you read?
- If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
- Instruct your team to get in a loose circle and toss the beach ball to each other.
- Whoever catches the ball must answer the question that their left thumb is closest to.
- Continue tossing the ball until all participants have had a turn to answer a question.
Once you have the ball with the questions written on it, you can easily reuse it to play this game over and over again, or ask participants to submit their own questions for another beach ball.
This can be a good icebreaker game or a fun activity to play when your team is a little sluggish. You can play it with a small group or break large groups up into teams of 10 or more. Here’s how to get the game started:
- Divide the team up into two equal lines facing each other.
- Ask one line to turn around for about 30 to 40 seconds while each individual in the the other line changes 5 to 10 visible things about themselves. (Decide exactly how many changes ahead of time.) This can mean taking off jewelry, tucking in shirt, moving a ring to another finger, or untying a shoe.
- The other line must now turn around and try to figure out which things the person in front of them changed about themselves.
- Repeat the process by having the line that did the guessing make 5 to 10 changes to themselves while the other line turns around.
A quick team building activity like this one encourages participants to test their memory, creativity, and break the ice with new team members.
5. Open Up…Your Wallet
This activity is a unique way for your team members to get to know each other better while setting them up to build positive relationships. Here’s how to play:
- Divide the team into smaller groups of 3 or 4 people.
- Have each person pull out 2 or 3 personal items from their wallet. (Drivers licenses, money, and credit cards don’t count!)
- Ask every group member to explain why each item is personal to the small group.
- When the time is up, ask each group if there’s a particular story they’d like to share with the individual’s permission.
You can get an even better idea of how the game is played in this video!
Seeing positive effects from team building doesn’t have to take hours. By trying out these short activities your team will get to know each other better, strengthen their performance, and have fun all at the same time. No matter what your goals are for your team building activities, you’ll see improvements that will come through in their work long after they’ve played these games.
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