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Three Simple Team Building Ideas

Updated on March 14, 2014
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Below are three simple team building ideas you can use to bring awareness and increase understanding amongst your employees.  Many times, employees will not be interested in participating in team building activities, but if you make it fun (and maybe include some food) they will participate with an open mind.  Understanding among employees and within teams increases employee morale and corporate productivity.  You may have a little fun with it yourself!

1.) Turning Over A New Leaf

We did this during a casual team building luncheon. Our company, along with many others during this time, where reorganizing and doing more with less people. Our particular department was asked to help out three other departments as well as maintain our high levels of service. In order to facilitate the change, we put together this activity to show that effective communication, open discussion, and 'thinking outside the box' will enable us to achieve our goals.

What you will need:

  • Tarp -large enough to have the whole team stand on it.
  • Space - to lay the tarp flat on the ground


  • Lay the tarp flat on the ground.
  • Ask the team to stand on the tarp.
  • Now, tell them they need to flip the tarp completely upside down -WITHOUT ANYONE STEPPING OFF OF THE TARP.
  • To achieve this, they will need to communicate with each other, support each other, and discuss the different alternatives.


  • Once they get this completed (it CAN be done,) discuss how there will always be challenges and changes within the department or company and that if the team works together and communicated effectively, they can achieve what they originally think impossible.

2.) Draw This

I love this activity. The first time I participated in this, it was definitely an eye opening experience! Have fun with it!

What you will need:

  • Notepad - one for each person in the group.
  • Pencil or Pen - again, one for each person in the group.


  • Spread the team out so that nobody can see another persons paper.
  • Have the facilitator ask that everyone draw exactly what is said.
  • The facilitator will then describe how to draw something....for example, a house. (Draw a triangle in the middle of the paper, draw a square underneath the triangle, draw four rectangles inside the square and one rectangle on the side of the triangle.)
  • Once everyone is finished. Show them the picture the facilitator was describing and then ask everyone to show what they have created.


  • This exercise shows how everyone interprets what they hear differently. You may say one thing, but someone else may understand what you said completely different that what you intended.

3.) Walking The Plank

Extremely fun activity, especially on a beautiful spring day outside the office!

What you will need:

  • Two fairly long pieces of wood -wide enough for people to walk on and long enough for at least 4 adults to stand. (two pieces of wood per group)
  • Empty parking lot or field.


  • Split the group up into groups of 4 or 5 people.
  • Instruct each group that their main objective is to cross the field or parking lot only 'walking the plank.'
  • If someone falls off the plank, they need to start back at the beginning.


  • Each group will need to communicate and work together as one unit in order to walk on one piece of wood, get the other one and move it to the front.

© 2010 flounderingsahm


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      Jef Menguin 7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing these team building activities. These are very helpful.