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Create Your Own Team Building Activity

Description of a Team Building Exercise

James Neill
Last updated:
02 Oct 2005

Create Your Own Team Building Activity

  • Challenging exercise best presented late in a program

  • Divide a larger group into smaller groups of 4 to 5

  • Give groups ~15-20 minutes to come up with a challenging small group activity. 

  • The catch: The activity should be one that the group believes it can do better than any other group!

  • Then all groups come together and take turns to present their activity.

  • Groups earn points if:

    • No other group can beat them at their activity (+2)

    • Can do another group's activity (+1)

  • Be warned: This is harder than it sounds - requires all elements of team work including creativity, communication, trust, problem-solving, time management, etc.

  • To help groups succeed, the facilitator checks in with the progress during planning.  Help with ideas or problem-solving strategies if the group is struggling.

  • Encourage creative out-of-the-box thinking e.g., singing, dancing, joke-telling, non-verbal, as well as physical or mental-type challenges.

  • Avoid using this activity to get out of designing an activity yourself!




Brief Description:

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.


No equipment necessary, but tossing in a few objects could make for interesting outcomes.


Total ~60 minutes
~5 minute briefing
~15-20 minutes planning,
~20 minutes doing activities &
~10 minutes discussion