Cooperation Based Team Building Activities

Balloon Keep Up

The aim of this light hearted but powerful exercise is to promote problem solving lateral thinking and to think positively that a task can be achieved. Teams are given a number of balloons to keep in the air with only one touch allowed. Simple at first, as more balloons are added, the action becomes frantic. To solve the problem requires some creative thinking.

 

Change Wave

Change Wave is a challenging activity that encourages inter-team cooperation and successful team change.

Delegates are presented with a logistic problem. All the team begins the game in one location as a group with a simple piece of equipment reflecting their current team state. The goal is to transform the location into a winning state without loosing team members.

 

Colored Thinking Hats

The Six Thinking Hats technique of Edward de Bono is a model that can be used for exploring different perspectives towards a complex situation or challenge., encouraging creativity, change and listening to others.

Seeing things in various ways is often a good idea in strategy formation or complex decision-making processes. In this game, delegates are presented with a hypothetical situation to consider whilst in turn wearing one of six different colored hats. Each hat represents a different way of thinking or point of view.

  • This activity is recommended for middle or upper management.
  • Encourages creativity, change and listening to others.
  • This is an indoor team building activity.

 

Frenzy

Frenzy is an indoor game that encourages lateral thinking, cooperation, and innovative improvement.

Each team has a colored hoop on the floor, in the same area as the other team's hoops. In one area there is a basket of balls. In a certain time limit, the goal is for each team to try and get ALL the balls in their hoop. This involves forming a strategy to stop the other teams stealing their balls.



Helium Stick

Helium Stick is a challenge to promote teamwork and careful planning.

Teams work together to lower a floating stick or hoop onto the ground, or around obstacles. The stick however, only wants to float upwards.



Hula Hoop Circle

Teams hold hands and form a circle. Two hoops are introduced at different points, and teams are timed in their attempts to move each hoop around the circle, without letting go of each others hands. This takes coordination and dexterity to do well, in addition to help from the rest of the team.



Human Knots and Webs

Human Knots and Webs: an ideal game to encourage trust, cooperation and planning.

In human knots, teams have to form a chain and then tie a knot in it. A variation called human webs involves the reverse, undoing a complicated knot without letting go of your team members.



Human Overhand

In this challenging problem, team members must each keep hold of two short lengths of rope, forming an unbroken chain with the rest of their team. The task is to ties a series of knots in the sections in between the team members. This requires critical thinking and planning.



Indoor Basketball

Using small teams and an asymmetric ball, this classic team game illustrates the importance of quick decision making and good teamwork, whilst at the same time is a lot of fun.



Indoor volleyball

An always popular fast paced version of the full game, this can be played with any number. Using a light ball and the available furniture, it always gets teams active and enjoying themselves.



Inventory

A very clever team puzzle based on the tower of Hanoi conundrum. By splitting the team into smaller groups, this activity forces participants to deal with multitasking and group dynamics. The job is to move a series of large foam blocks from one place to another inside the wok area. However, to conform to the rules, real strategy is needed to puzzle out the solution in this race against the clock



Sales Race

In this game, teams are given a limited amount of money, and a shopping list. Their task is to find the items on their list which takes them to many places, and then to bargain for the items. Because money and time is at a premium, it takes teamwork and negotiation skills to be successful. The game can be done with either supplied transport, or as an added challenge, using public transport which will further test team’s ability to plan, cooperate, communicate and bargain.



Warp Speed

Warp Speed: facilitating lateral thinking, cooperation, and innovative improvement.

Start by tossing a ball to someone else in a circle. Each person who receives it tosses it to someone else in the circle not immediately on either side of them. That person tosses it to another person who has not yet received it and again not immediately on either side of him or her. Throwing continues until the last person tosses the ball back to the first person. Next, teams try to recreate the pattern in the next phase. The activity is timed, and the group is encouraged to break the "Warp Speed" barrier.