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9 Fantastic Team Building Ideas, Games and Activities

Team building exercises are a must in creating a productive and closely-knit team. But with so many team building ideas, which are the ones that help make a happy team? Which of them are the most efficient, least time-consuming and most affordable?

Put simply: the best exercises are the team building activities that can increase communication and trust among the members of the team all while creating memories they can share.

We chose the best exercises for you to try.


Life Highlights Game

This game will take less than 30 minutes, and it's enough to break the ice between members of both big and small groups. Ask everyone to close their eyes and think about the best moment of their lives. This can be about anything: their professional lives, exciting trips, and personal achievements, anything that they've had alone or shared with others. When everyone has had enough time to think about the moment, tell them that their search for highlights is going to be narrowed.

Next, ask them to think about the moment of their lives they would want to experience one more time if they only had a minute left in their life. Then ask every person what their minute is about and why they chose it.


Reasons for playing:

The first part of this game allows participants to reflect back on every good thing that has happened to them. The second part lets them get to know others on an intimate level. As a result, everyone has an idea of each other's personalities, passions, and loves.


The One Question Activity

This is one of the best quick team building activities for work where participants get to talk to each other and even collaborate with one another. First, you select the topic the questions will be about. For example, it can be getting married, leading the company, or babysitting.

After dividing everyone into small teams, ask everyone, "If you had to discover a person's suitability for (the chosen topic) with only one question, what would the question be?" You can choose one topic for everyone, or allocate different situations for every member.

Reasons for playing:

You can choose whether you want this to be fun or serious. Coworkers will get to know each other better. Besides, the activity shows that if they want to get the right answers, they should ask proper questions.


Coin Logo

This game won't take longer than ten minutes. Ask all members to empty their purses, pockets, and wallets of coins they have and place them on the table. Others can share coins if someone doesn't have them.

Then ask everyone to design a personal logo using the coins on the table. Give them one minute to do it. Inform participants that they can also use notebooks, pens and any other materials they can have on them to create the logo. If you work with a big team, you can create smaller groups of 3-6 people and ask them to create a logo that represents their team. When everything is done, ask each participant/team to explain what the logo says about them.


 Reasons for playing:

This activity enables members to get to know each other on a personal level and promote mutual and self-awareness.


Picture Pieces Game

This activity requires a bit of preparation. Find a famous picture that is full of small details. Then cut the picture into as many equal pieces as people participating in the activity.

Each person should get a piece of the puzzle and then be asked to create a copy of their piece that is five times bigger than the original piece. Tell them they can use markers, paper, pencils, erasers, and rulers to make everything run smoothly. When everyone is done, ask people to make the giant copy of the original picture.

Reasons for playing:

The fundamental idea behind this activity is that people are posed with a problem, but they don't know how their work will affect the overall picture. This will teach them how to work separately while being in one team, and show the divisionalized working, which is the understanding that even a small part can significantly influence the overall result.


Classification Game

If you don't have time for the previous activity, use this quick icebreaker. You can also play this game outside. If it’s cold, just follow these simple tips to keep everyone warm and engaged. Before starting, explain the main idea of the game: stereotyping someone or classifying someone as something else. Make clear that this is wrong, judgmental and subjective.

Then split the members smaller teams of four and ask each participant to introduce themselves, discuss what they like, dislike and so on. After everyone is done with an introduction, ask them to classify their team into several subgroups that have no discriminatory or negative judgments. For example, it can be something like sushi or pizza lovers, night owls, etc.


 Reasons for playing:

This quick task encourages people to get to know each other better and think about the personality of each within their team.


Two Truths and One Lie

Start by giving every participant a small piece of paper and asking them to write down three facts about themselves secretly - two real ones, and one lie. They shouldn't tell others what they wrote down.

Once everyone has finished writing, allow ten minutes for a conversation between team members - just like you do during a cocktail party - where everyone is trying to guess which fact is a lie. Each participant should convince others that their lie is a truth, while others try to ask proper questions and find the right answer.


You shouldn't tell others the truth yet - even if others have it figured out. After the time ends, sit down in a circle and ask everyone to read out loud their facts and have others vote on which they think is not real. You can have winners in this game and award participants with excellent gifts.

Reasons for playing: this is a simple game that encourages better communication in the group and lets participants to know each other better.


The Great Egg Drop

This is one of the longest team building games, but it's worth it. The Great Egg Drop is a classic, fun activity for a large group of people in a large room. You can also add one of these corporate events and make it a game night.

Start by splitting the team into two groups and ask them to design an egg package that can handle an eight-foot drop. Provide different materials and tools to both teams. After they have built the packages, each team should prepare a quick add for their package, explaining its unique properties and how it can solve the problem. In the end, each team will need to drop an egg in their box to see if it works.

Reasons for playing:

It is an excellent activity that promotes communication and group work. It also brings everyone together with a common challenge of successfully creating the package.


Sneak a Peak

For this quick and fun activity, you will need several sets of building blocks for kids. You should create a simple sculpture with some of the blocks and hide it from the team. Then divide everyone into smaller groups of four. Each team should get enough components to create the same sculpture as you did.

Then you should place the sculpture in an area that is easily accessible (but not visible) for every team. One member of each team must come up and look at the statue for ten seconds, trying to memorize it before coming back to the team. After they return, they have 25 seconds to tell their team members about how to build a replica of the original sculpture. Then teams start recreating it. After one minute, another member of each team can sneak a peak of the original sculpture before returning to their teams and trying to recreate the sculpture. The game continues until one of the teams successfully duplicate the sculpture.

Reasons for playing:

This activity teaches participants how to solve problems in a group and communicate more efficiently.


Create and Activity

Divide participants into smaller groups of four and present them with a problem: they have an hour to create an activity that promotes communication and develops problem-solving skills. They should come up with something unique and not with an event that they have already heard or participated in. The goal here is to ask them to find something they would like to participate themselves. After an hour, ask each group to present their activity.


Reasons for playing:

It is a problem-solving game in and of itself. Besides, it promotes trust, time management, creativity, and communication, to name a few.

Let us know about more intresting ideas in the comment section below!


About the Author Lissette Valdes

Lissette Valdes is an SEO Specialist and Analytics Marketing Expert for DiscountMugs. Quickly after joining our team, she became excited about her contribution to the DiscountMugs blog series.

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