Great Egg Drop

egg drop

Summary: A team building exercise in which groups build structures and try to prevent an egg from breaking. A judge tosses all structures (with the eggs inside) from a high elevation at the end. The winners are the groups that successfully protect the egg.

Ages: 14 and up. Recommended # of People: Several groups of 4-5. Messiness Factor: Quite messy. Materials required: Raw eggs, several straws, masking tape, newspaper, and any other materials for building.

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Trust Walk Activity

trust walk

Summary: A team building activity centered around trust.  A leader gives verbal or nonverbal instructions to navigate a blindfolded partner to avoid obstacles.

Ages: 14 and up. Recommended number of people: Pairs. Messiness factor: Might break a small sweat. Materials required: Blindfolds. Recommended setting: Outdoors, in a location with no dangerous obstacles.

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Bigger and Better Game

bigger and better

Summary: A teambuilding activity in which teams are given a small object (e.g. paperclips) and must keep trading and upgrading their objects to get the biggest, best objects possible until the time limit expires.  The objects are judged for size, value, and creativity.

Ages: 14 and up.  Recommended # of People: Teams of 2-10 people.  Messiness Factor: Light.  Materials: Paper clips or other small objects.  Recommended Setting: Outdoors.

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Stranded on a Island

island

Summary: A teambuilding activity that asks people to identify what object they would bring if they were to be stranded on a deserted island.  Each person discusses why they brought the object. Within groups, people decide how to improve their chances of survival by combining various objects.

Ages: 12 and up. Recommended number of people: Groups of 5 to 10.  Messiness factor: No sweat. Materials required: Paper and pen, if desired. Recommended setting: Indoors.

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Photo Scavenger Hunt

photo scavenger hunt

Summary: A team-based scavenger hunt with a twist — bringing back digital photos (or polaroids) of interesting places and things.

Ages: 14 and up.  Recommended number of people: Teams of about 4 people.  Messiness Factor: Be prepared to walk around.  Materials Required: Cameras for each team.  Recommended Setting: Outdoors.

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Human Knot Icebreaker

Human Knot photoSummary: A good icebreaker or teambuilding activity for new people to learn to work together – in close physical proximity! The goal is to figure out how to untangle the human knot without letting go of hands.

Ages: 12 and up. Recommended number of people: 7-200 (group sizes of 10 are ideal). Messiness factor: Might break a sweat – (close proximity – hope you’re not claustrophobic!). Materials required: None. Recommended setting: Both indoors or outdoors.

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Commonalities and Uniquities

Summary: A group team-building activity in which people identify common things that everyone has in common, along with interesting characteristics that are unique to a person in the group.

Ages: 12 and up. Recommended number of people: Groups of 5-8. Messiness factor: No sweat. Materials required: Two sheets of paper and a pen for each group. Recommended setting: Indoors.

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