Team Building: Brainstorming Activity Ideas

Team Building Ideas Brainstorming ActivityTo make participants more comfortable during your team building activity, try these ideas:

  • Provide name tags
  • Make a display with everyone’s name and school on it
  • Try to hold meetings/workshops in a venue away from school
  • Make some decorations, banners, or signs to say what you want the workshop to accomplish
  • Plan a social activity – lunch at a restaurant instead of the workshop venue; a barbeque in the school yard instead of lunch in the classroom; and so on

Download: Team Building Ideas Brainstorming

Team Building Activity: Pieces of the Puzzle

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Length of Time
30 minutes
Size of Group
Unlimited Grouping of 4-6 participants
Materials Required

  • Jigsaw Puzzles or cut pictures from a newspaper or magazine and make puzzle shapes
  • Each person needs about 3 pieces of a puzzle

Overview
A quick collaborative activity, using Jigsaw Puzzles, to help develop teamwork within groups
Goals

  • To develop teamwork
  • To energize the group

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Team Building Activity: Treasure Hunt!

Team Building Activity Treasure Hunt Length of Time
30 minutes
Size of Group
Unlimited Grouping of 4-6 participants
Materials Required

  • List of Treasure Hunt items Pieces of paper about 15 cm. x 10 cm. to write phrases
  • Felt pens

Overview
A collaborative activity that helps develop teamwork within groups

Goals

  • To develop teamwork
  • To practice problem-solving skills
  • To explore organization skills and work within a time limit
  • To create a structure using limited materials

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Team Building Activity: Categories Game!

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60 minutes
Size of Group
Unlimited Grouping of 4-6 participants
Materials Required

  • Categories Chart

Overview
This activity can be used to demonstrate teamwork or problem-solving.
Goals

  • To develop teamwork
  • To experience the problem-solving approach.

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Team Building Activity: Building Bridges

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Length of Time
60 minutes
Size of Group
Unlimited Grouping of 4-6 participants
Materials Required

  • lots of old newspapers
  • 6-8 rolls of masking tape
  • 1 liter plastic bottle 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 full of water
  • 1 plastic dishpan type container
  • Building Bridges Rules Chart

Overview
A quick collaborative activity to help develop teamwork within groups
Goals

  • To develop teamwork
  • To energize the group

Download: Team Building Activity Building Bridges

Introduction to Icebreakers and Teambuilding Activities

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Professional Development is offered at the cluster level, school level, local government level, state level and national level. Educators come together to discover outcomes rather than to be told everything; to explore and discuss rather than listen to lectures; and to make and create rather than receive handouts.

Ice-breakers and Team-building Activities can enhance the training sessions. An Ice-breaker is used to allow participants to introduce themselves to each other and to lead into the content of the training session. Team-building Activities are used to create and enhance the relationship of the participants’ in the group.

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Icebreakers: Guess Game!

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Length of Time
15-20 minutes
Size of Group
Unlimited, No Grouping
Materials Required

  • pieces of paper about 10 cm. x 10 cm. for each participant
  • pen or pencil

Overview
This activity can be used to introduce participants to each other and to the whole group.
Goals

  • To get to know each other
  • To discover what is true and false about the participants
  • To discover the background and history of the participants

Download: Ice-Breakers Guess Game

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