What is teambuilders teamwork games ?
Teambuilders games make up the next section of this packet. These teamwork games differ from icebreakers teamwork games. In that they involve follow-up discussion that should teach leadership lessons or further illustrate important leadership practices. The teambuilders teamwork games in this packet are categorized as “high energy”, “low energy”, or “problem-solving” activities. All of these experiential teamwork games are designed to help new and established teams build trust, gain confidence, enhance communication and decision- making skills, and illuminate a variety of different leadership styles and techniques.
- Game tools: 100 Balloons, 2 rolls of tape per team.
- Number off people: Teams of 4-8 people; as many teams as necessary.
You should plit the team into smaller teams in this teamwork games. Using the balloons and tape supplied to your team build the tallest, free-standing, self-supporting balloon castle that is possible. At the end of 20 minutes, stop the action. Make sure that the group lets go of their castle as soon as you say, “Stop!” If they do not let go, their group will be disqualified.
After you have determined a winning team, ask everyone to sit on the floor, and discuss the following questions.
- Debriefing Questions:
- What did you learn about relationships in this teamwork games?
- What was your role in the teamwork games and how did that help accomplish the greater goal?
- What did you learn about planning in this teamwork games? Did you plan at all?
- What was most frustrating and rewarding about this teamwork games?
- How did your team decide who would play what role and what type of structure you would build?
Beach Ball Toss.
- Supplies Needed: Beach ball.
- Number of People: Any size group; Break into smaller teams if you have more than 20 people.
The Team’s goal is to hit the beach ball 100 times in a row without it falling to the ground. In addition, each team member must hit the ball five times (and no participant can hit the ball twice in a row). If the ball ever hits the ground, the group must start over. A group may exceed 100 hits, if that’s what it takes to get everyone to hit the ball five times.
- Debriefing Questions:
- If you were successful, what caused this success?
- What strategies did you use to make sure everyone was included?
- How did your group respond when the hit the ground?
- What was challenging about this exercise?
- What did this exercise illustrated to you about leadership?
- How does this teamwork games relate to our group?
Blind Numerical Order.
- Supplies Needed: Blindfolds.
- Number of People: The more, the better.
a) There is no talking.
b) You must keep your blindfolds on at all times.
c) Each of you will have a number whispered into your ear.
d) The goal is for the group to arrange itself in numerical order without speaking and without the use of sight.
Blindfold all participants. Whisper a number to each of them (do not allow other participants to hear). The number should be RANDOM (not just 1 -12, etc). Give some participants, negative numbers, “0”, really high numbers, etc. (The numbers do not have to be in sequential order.) After whispering the number, move the participant to a random location. Once every participant has a number, they should begin arranging themselves in order (about 20 minutes). Make sure all participants are safe throughout the exercise.
Some participants can be restricted even more by not allowing them to use their right arm, etc.
- Debriefing Questions:
1) What was the most difficult aspect of the exercise?
2) Did you have a sense of working together? Why /why not?
3) How frustrating was when you could not talk?
4) What was necessary in order for you to be successful?
5) Did you assume that the assigned numbers would be in order (like 1 -12, etc)?
6) How important is good communication is groups?
7) How did this activity relate to our group?
Building a Gumdrop Structure.
- Supplies Needed: Gumdrops and toothpicks.
- Number of People: About 6 people a team.
In an area unseen to the participants, structures made of gumdrops should be previously constructed by the facilitator. These are the structures that the participants will need to re-construct (within the given guidelines) in their groups. Each group will be told to choose one “Seer,” three “Runners,” one “Builder” and one “Observer.”
Explain:In a separate room (or space) is a structure made of gumdrops and colored toothpicks.
Seer: only one person allowed to see the structure. Unlimited opportunities. Must communicate what the structure looks like to the runners.
Runners: Carry messages from the Seer to the Builder. Runners many not ask questions of seers. Nonverbal signals are ok, but only the Seer can talk to the Runner. Runners may only talk to the Builder, and then only one at a time.
Builders: will be in a separate space where they cannot see the Seer or observe the instructions being given. Builders are provided with building supplies. Builders may not face each other or look at each other’s work. They may not speak to anyone.
Once a runner has received instruction, he/she will go to the Builder. The Runners may then (one at a time) relay the instructions to the Builder, using words only.
Runners may not touch or respond to what the Builders are doing. Relay instruction only. The Builder may only listen, without asking questions or responding.
Observer: observe the group’s process without visibly reacting to them or interacting with them. Observations and comments will be a crucial part of the discussion at the end of the activity.
There is a time limit of 25-30 minutes (depending on how things are going). At the end of the time, we will bring over the original structure to compare to each of the new creations. How close did everybody get? Colors count!!!! Wrap up in a large group.
- Debriefing Questions:
- What was difficult about the process?
- How did the Seers feel? Was it hard to give instructions without seeing what was needed? Or was it liberating? How did you feel about the lack of concrete feedback about what was happening regarding your careful instructions?
- How did the Runners feel? Was one-way communication difficult? Was it frustrating to envision one thing and see the Builder doing something else?
- How did the Builders feel? Was it easy or hard to construct something with only verbal instructions and without being to able to ask questions? Or did anybody feel liberated by having only instructions to follow?
- Does anybody have personal reactions or challenges to share?
- What does this activity tell us about our communication styles? What are the benefits of two way communication? Would it have been easier to construct something resembling the original structure if questions were allowed? What would you have done differently? What if only a certain number of questions or words were allowed? Would you have known what to ask? Would it have helped? Office of Student Leadership Development Ulrich Student.
Before join in High Energy Teamwork Games. You and your team need should join in:
- Icebreaker Teamwork Games.
- Low Energy Teamwork Games.
- Hight Energy Teamwork Games.