Small Group Team Building Activities
Team building activities for small groups are a great way to boost morale, encourage communication, and get employees closer together. They also provide a healthy dose of competition and fun.
There are many ways to plan a small group team building event, but some of the most effective involve physical activities that get people outdoors and working as a team.
1. Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt can be a fun way to bring your team together. You can find these hunts at a park, a playground, or your backyard, and they are great for groups of all ages. They are also inexpensive and can be done as a group outing or birthday party activity, so they’re a great option for small groups.
There are many types of scavenger hunts, including treasure hunts, information scavenger hunts, and photo scavenger hunts. Some of these are designed to teach your team new things and others are simply fun ways to bond with each other.
The information scavenger hunt is a popular option. In this type of scavenger hunt, participants will need to answer certain questions about the location they are in. This will help them learn more about the location and get a better understanding of the area.
For example, a participant may need to answer questions about how long it took to build the building or how much the land cost. This will give them a better understanding of the area they are in and encourage them to be more engaged with the place they’re in.
This scavenger hunt requires the use of a smartphone or digital camera to participate, so be sure to provide these to all participants. This will help them have more fun and challenge their creativity.
The photo scavenger hunt is a fun team building activity that will challenge your team to think creatively. This will help them to develop their leadership skills and encourage them to be more involved with their team.
2. Water Gun Fight
If your team is looking for a way to blow off some steam during a hot summer afternoon, try hosting a Water Gun Fight. This fun game is perfect for a group of friends or family members, as it will give everyone an opportunity to participate in some friendly yet fierce competition.
To start the game, pick a location that is suitable for all members of the group. You can use a pool, a park, or even the backyard of your home. Choosing the right battleground and following some basic rules can make this game an enjoyable experience for all participants.
For example, you can set a time limit before the game begins. Alternatively, you can divide the group into two teams and allow each team to choose the type of water weapon they want to use.
The most important part of a water gun fight is selecting the right weapon for each player. You can get a simple gun that shoots a few feet, or you can go for a more powerful gun that can reach much further.
A good gun will also be durable and easy to clean. This is especially important if you will be using your water gun outside.
To help prevent mud stains, dress in casual clothing that can stand up to splashing. It is also a good idea to bring a spare set of clothes for everyone to change into after the fight is over.
To keep the game fair, you should avoid ganging up on players who are younger than you and/or those who are prone to getting upset easily. Similarly, be sure to clearly set boundaries around your battlefield so that people don’t get lost or hurt without anyone else knowing.
3. Outdoor Picnic
Picnics are a great way to get people together outside of the office and bond over food and fun. Not only are they a blast, but eating outdoors can also help people feel better and have stronger bones!
To make the most of your next outdoor picnic, take some time to select the right materials. These items can include a DIY tent, battery operated twinkle lights, pillows, balloons and poufs. They can all come in handy for making your picnic a success, even after the sun goes down.
When planning your event, be sure to include some of the most exciting and fun small group team building activities you can think of. From team bike rides to water gun fights, there are plenty of things you can do to make your group get more out of their time together.
The best part about these team building games is that they can be done anywhere you can find some space to set up. Plus, you can do them with your team remotely using any video conferencing collaboration tool, so you don’t need to be in the same room to have a good time!
A simple game of scavenger hunt has many different variations, but it’s an excellent way to bring everyone together for some team fun. The best ones are designed to encourage creativity, problem solving, and teamwork.
One of the simplest and most impressive is the one that uses two king sheets as a backdrop. Use a wire or string to affix these sheets together with clothespins, and they’re the ideal size for a small space. You can also add a few wicker baskets on the side for more storage.
4. Emergency Survival Scavenger Hunt
An Emergency Survival Scavenger Hunt is a great way to challenge your employees’ problem-solving skills. This activity requires teams to imagine that they’re stranded on a desert island or in the Arctic, and they need to find resources that will help them survive.
Participants must pick items from a list that will help them get back to civilization. They should include things like a handful of seeds, a small pocket knife, 200 feet of cloth string or rope, a bedsheet, a two-liter bucket, one-liter of kerosene and a flint spark lighter.
Once the team members have gathered their items, they need to build a shelter that will keep them warm. This is a great team building activity for kids because it’s fun and can teach them valuable life skills at the same time.
This scavenger hunt also helps to teach your team about your company’s mission and values, and encourages them to share their personal beliefs with their fellow co-workers. It’s also a great way to introduce your company culture to new employees.
To complete this scavenger hunt, your team will need to visit a few different locations. They’ll need to take photos of themselves doing certain tasks in each location. Then they’ll need to return to the starting point with these proofs of completion and a prize.
CSUB hosted its first Zombie Scavenger Hunt last year to raise awareness about emergency preparedness and help students prepare for the potential zombie apocalypse. During the event, staff members dressed in zombie costumes set up eight survival stations on campus where students had to search for a variety of items.
5. Pair Up
Pair Up is a small group team building activity that requires participants to get out of their comfort zones. It is also a great way to encourage employees to share their experiences and build trust within the team.
To play this game, write a list of famous pairs on paper or sticky notes and place them on the backs of each participant. Set a time limit and have the players find their’matching’ partner.
If you don’t have a lot of time for this team building activity, consider a shorter version by writing the names on post-it notes and placing them in a circle. Then, have the players walk around the circle asking questions to try to identify who they are.
Another version of this activity is to ask your employees to relive their favorite memories. After they have a chance to think about what was the best part of their lives, they should choose a 30 second segment and tell their teammates about it.
This activity requires everyone to work together to get their story together, and it helps strengthen communication and listening skills. It can be a fun way to break the ice during a new employee orientation or as a way to start a new meeting.
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