Team building activities with LEGO bricks

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Team building activities with LEGO bricks
You can use Lego bricks for team building. (lego 1 image by Nathalie P from Fotolia.com)

Team building strategies aim to strengthen teams and groups through problem solving, teamwork, communication, sharing and leadership. Team building activities can be simple or complex, and can include a myriad of different tools, including building blocks like Lego bricks.

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Home Construction

Organise a group of new hires into teams and ask them to build a house using only Lego blocks. Each participant is given a different role; and through the progression of the activity, each participant takes on different roles. This is a team building activity that forces communication and also allows new hires to experience each of the different roles in the process, such as a builder, customer, sales person, vendor and so on. This is an engaging team building exercises that allows new hires to build relationships with one another through cooperation and communication.

Team Assembly Challenge

To increase the difficulty of a team building project involving Lego bricks while also boosting teamwork requirements, try this challenge. Break employees up into groups of three or four and give each group an identical set of Lego bricks in a large, clear plastic bag. Give each team one set of instructions and tell them to complete the Lego structure without removing the pieces from the bag. The team will have to manipulate the pieces through the plastic in order to achieve the objective, which will require communication and teamwork.

Step-by-Step Building

Another team building activity involving Lego bricks is to hand-write a new set of instructions, sans diagrams, instructing teams to build an item without their knowing what it is. This project will require team members to communicate with one another since they will have to problem solve in order to determine what the final product will be. You can take this a step further by giving each member of the team his own model but in a way that all models fit together at the end. This requires teamwork and team building because, if one teammate does not finish his model properly, the final product will be incorrect.

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