Team building activities can help kids learn about teamwork, cooperation and communication. Among Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, these are particularly valuable skills. Team building activities, however, are different than regular activities. The moderator must always try to get the kids to work together or think about working together, and every activity should end with a debriefing time. During the debriefing, the moderator should ask probing questions, elicit responses about the game and talk about working together as a team.
Team Building Activities
Birthday Lineup requires teamwork without talking. The players must line up in order of the month and day of their birthdays, but they must do it without saying a word. To increase the challenge, blindfold some of the players.
Another activity requires every member to participate. Place a long rope on the ground, and have all the players stand behind the line. Instruct them that the entire group has to cross the line at the same time. Kids might think this is easy, but it is very difficult to get a large group in perfect step.
A fun game that seems to defy gravity is called Helium Stick. For this game, divide a group into two teams and line them up. Then, place a long, thin rod, such as a long wooden stick or a long tent pole, onto the group's index fingers. The goal is to lower the stick to the ground. The players can only touch the rod with their index fingers, and everyone must touch it at the same time. Until the groups communicate, the rod will likely go up higher and higher.
Another team building activity can take place anywhere outside where there is some open space. You will need several breeze blocks, several large 4-by-4-inch planks and rope. Set up the game out of sight of the players by plotting out a course to go from a designated Point A to Point B. Set up at least four breeze blocks that players must move on to before they can reach the end, and use a plank to connect set each set of breeze blocks. Add a few extra breeze blocks to the course, but place them so that the planks will not reach to them from any other blocks. Before starting, take away all the planks. To play, all the players must move from Point A to Point B using only one plank; if anyone falls off the board or breeze block in the course, that player must start over. Players must work together to lift the plank from breeze block to breeze block, and they must shuffle around their players so that there is enough room for everyone on the course. This requires much teamwork and communication.