Team building activities encourage children to listen, communicate and be active while learning valuable cooperation skills and building confidence. For a group of children who don't yet know each other, team building breaks the ice. Leaders can also learn about the children through team building and determine how to best involve them. These activities work best with groups of five to 15 people.
Pass a Soft Ball: Children form a circle. Each child tosses and catches the ball once. Then students toss the ball again in the same order. See how fast they can go!
Tug of War: Thick rope works best for tug of war. Mark a centre line. Tie a ribbon in the middle of the rope. Divide children into two teams and TUG! The first team that pulls the ribbon over the centre line wins.
Simon Says: One child is "Simon." The other children must respond to Simon's directions when she says, "Simon says...." If Simon gives a direction without saying "Simon says," anyone who follows the direction is out.
Group Story: Children form a circle. One person starts a story. Going around the circle, each person adds a sentence or phrase to keep the story moving.
River Stones: Scatter objects such as traffic cones across a field to create a path. Pretend these objects are stones in a river. Pair children, and blindfold one person in each pair. Have the other child guide the blindfolded student through the "river stones" verbally, without touching him.
Two Truths and a Lie: Each child tells two true things and one made-up thing (For example: I love lima beans. I have a dog. I went to the state fair.) to the group. The group must guess which statement is made up.
1 to 10: Children form a circle with eyes looking at the ground. Children attempt to count from 1 to 10 as a group, one person speaking at a time. The leader starts with "1." Each child listens for the right moment to speak. One person cannot talk over another person; if two people say a number at the same time, the group must start over at "1."
How Long Is a Minute?: The leader asks, "How long is a minute?" Without speaking, children attempt to raise their hands when they think a minute has passed.
Square by Square: Pass a roll of toilet paper around the group. Tell children to tear off as many squares as they like without telling them why. After they have their squares, have each child share with the group one fact for each square of toilet paper she took.