Team Building Activities, Initiative Games & Problem Solving Exercises

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Team Building Activities, Initiative Games, & Problem Solving Exercises

Team Building Activities are designed to help groups develop effective communication & problem-solving skills.

Descriptions of Team Building Activities, Initiative Games, & Problem Solving Exercises

Helium Stick

Deceptively simple teamwork activity.  Form two lines facing each other.  Lay a long, thin rod on group's index fingers.  Goal: Lower to ground.  Reality: It goes up!

Toxic Waste

A popular, engaging small group activity.  Equipped with a bungee cord and rope, a group must work out how to transport a bucket of "Toxic Waste" and tip it into the neutralization bucket.  Can be used to highlight almost any aspect of teamwork or leadership.

Mine Field

Objects are scattered in an indoor or outdoor place.  In pairs, one person verbally guides his/her partner, a blindfolded person, through the minefield.


A group tries to create a unified story from a set of sequential pictures.  The pictures are randomly ordered and handed out.  Each person has a picture but cannot show it to others. Requires patience, communication, and trying to understand from another's point of view in order to recreate the story's sequence.

Pipeline/Gutter Ball

A fast paced activity that can be modified to suit age and setting. Each participant gets one gutter or half pipe tubing. The object is to move a marble or assorted size balls using lengths of guttering from point A to point B without dropping them.


A powerful teambuilding exercise for medium sized groups. Participants must touch the randomly placed numbers, in sequence, within a given time frame in multiple attempts.

Warp Speed

A team building exercise based on the icebreaker "Group Juggle".  Groups are challenged to juggle as fast as possible.  Invite group to "tender" a time they can deliver.

Balloon Activities

Group activities that can be done with balloons.  Promotes gentle, fun physical movement, people getting to know one another, trust and working together.

Multi-Way Tug-of-War

Fun, physically demanding, competitive team activity.  Several teams pull against each other, requiring communication and tactics as well as strength to outmanoeuvre and win.

All Aboard!

A classic teambuilding activity in which a group is challenged to physically support one another in an endeavor to occupy an ever diminishing space.

Survival Scenarios

"Your plane crashed...your group needs to choose the 12 most useful items to survive..."

Great Egg Drop

Small groups design an egg package to save an egg from breaking when dropped.  Plus a 30 second jingle to sell their package.  Followed by the Great Egg Drop-Off.

Amoeba Race

A simple, close physical contact group cooperation activity.  The group forms the three parts of an Amoeba: protoplasm, cell wall and nucleus.  Then the group travels, splits into two amoebas, and the amoeba have a race.

Group Mandala

Group dynamics exercise.  Each person is represented by an object.  The objects are "caste" like dice and group members share their feelings and re-arrange the objects.

Create Your Own Group Activity

Involves small groups in designing and presenting a new group activity.  A challenging exercise which requires all the elements of teamwork - communication, goal-setting, planning, cooperation, creativity, task orientation, etc.

Team Building Quotes

In small groups, set the challenge of creating the most inspirational team building quote in a set amount of time, e.g., 10 minutes.  Each team reads out their quote and teams vote on the best quote.  At the end of the activity, hand out some other Team Building Quotes.

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Last updated: 28 April 2013