Teamwork is an important aspect of any successful organisation. The ability to work as a cohesive unit can help a group move towards their collective goal. However, teamwork is skill that has to be learnt. Team-building activities can be used to help teenagers develop the mentality to work within a group. These activities teach a number of skills such as communication and problem solving and can also help teenagers get to know their peers.
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All aboard is a team-building game that helps introduce new group members to each other while developing problem-solving and communication skills. Build a makeshift "boat" on the ground using pieces of wood, carpet or tile. Have the team stand on the boat, being sure to get at least one foot on a section. Once the team is positioned, the activity leader begins to remove pieces of the boat. This forces the team to readjust themselves. A player is eliminated when they fall off of the boat. Continue to remove pieces until the entire team is eliminated. At the end of the program, the activity leader can allow the participants to discuss their feelings when they had to support their teammates or quickly create new solutions.
Multi-Way Tug of War
Tug of war is a popular activity used during outside events such as picnics. Multi-Way Tug of War is a variation of this game that can be used as a team-building program for teenagers. Create a X figure by tying two ropes together. Be sure that each section is of equal length. Divide your group into four teams of equal size and strength. At the sound of the whistle, the four teams will begin pulling against each other. When one team is pulled past the designated out of bounds area, that group is eliminated. The teams must devise strategies to eliminate the stronger groups first. When the game is over, the teenagers can discuss how they created and worked their strategies into the game.
Great Egg Drop
The great egg drop is a team building game that can help develop the ingenuity and creativity in teenage students. For this game, divide the group into smaller units of four to six people. Provide supplies such as Popsicle sticks, cloth, rubber bands and other household items. The group must build a device that can catch an egg when dropped from a high altitude. Give the teams 10 to 15 minutes to build their contraption. Next have one team member drop the egg from atop a ladder. This can either be done all at once or team by team. The groups whose eggs stays intact without any cracks have successfully completed the task.
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