June 20, 2024

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5 Fun Team Building Ideas For Students

Learning effective team building starts in school. Teaching kids how to work together to achieve a common goal not only engages them and builds their communication skills, but it also allows them to learn their strengths, get creative, work on problem–solving, and have a little fun.

Finding ways to incorporate team building in the classroom, however, can always be a bit tricky. While some kids may jump at the opportunity to get involved, many others may have some hesitations about the idea.

Here are 5 fun team-building ideas for students that will encourage them to grow and learn.

1. The Trust Walk

The trust walk is an exercise that is best done with partners. One person is the guide while the other one makes their way through an obstacle course — blindfolded. Each person walking will have to trust the guide who directs them, step-by-step, through all of the challenges.

Students can take turns so that everyone has an opportunity to experience what it means to trust another.

2. Spaghetti Tower

You won’t need garlic bread for this spaghetti. Instead, you are going to gather materials that include uncooked spaghetti, marshmallows, string, and tape. The kids are then to work together in teams of at least 3 to create the tallest tower.

This will require the students to be creative and collaborate to yield the best results. Leaders will step forward and guide the team in getting the structure built.

Rewards can be given to the team with the tallest tower and the most creative.

3. Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are always fun and exciting. Teams rush to beat the other teams in collecting everything on the list. This can be done in the classroom or outside. And, it can be as easy or challenging as you need it to be based on the age group. For instance, you can simply give the name of the item they are looking for or you can give clues or riddles to figure out as they discover what they need to find.

Scavenger hunts break the ice between students but they are also perfect for teaching problem-solving, leadership, communication, and more.

4. Shark Tank

Shark Tank allows groups of students – usually five or so – to come up with a new invention that they will present to a group of judges. Not only will they need a product, but they will have to work out the details of it — what it is, why it is needed, how it is going to help, and so forth.

They will have to decide who and how the invention is going to be presented. Presentations are judged based on the creativity of the product and how well the pitch was delivered.

This team-building project requires a lot from each team. They will have to get creative and collaborate on an idea, including all aspects and details of the product. This activity also engages communication skills, public speaking skills, and problem-solving skills. Kids will have to work together to come up with the idea and what it is all about.

5. Goodie Bag Skits

Goodie bag skits are a great option for those who are looking for team-building exercises while sticking with the current lessons they are learning.

To perform this activity, you want to break the class into teams of 5 to 10. You will have a ‘goodie bag’ or a stash of random items that can be used. The teams will be required to perform a skit using nothing but themselves — and whatever they choose from the bag of random items. This skit can be about something they are learning or you can give it a theme.

They should have about 15 minutes to create the skit and then perform it for their peers.

Again, this is a great opportunity for kids to work together in collaboration. It encourages communication, problem-solving, public speaking, and more.

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