45 Team Building Games to Psych Up Your Team [2022] • Asana (2023)

Summary

Team building games bring everyone together without the added pressure of work. Here, we’ve listed 45 of the top team building activities broken down by icebreaker, problem solving, indoor, and outdoor games.

Team building games are great opportunities to foster camaraderie, communication, and leadership skills. They bring everyone together outside of the typical working environment, building better relationships that ultimately lead to better team collaboration.

As Ashley Frabasilio, Employee Engagement Manager at Asana puts it, “Creating a shared experience for teams to build relationships is one of the best ways to increase trust and encourage collaboration."

Whether you’re looking for indoor or outdoor activities, quick icebreaker games, or activities to bond with your remote team members, we compiled a list of over 45 team building games that you’ll actually enjoy.

How to make team building inclusive

Teams with an inclusive culture tend to be more transparent, supportive, and happy because everyone feels accepted. It’s essential to make any team activity feel productive and enjoyable for the entire group, regardless of personalities or skill sets. Whether you’re working on building an inclusive remote culture or want in-person teams to feel more comfortable together, consider the following for an inclusive team building experience:

  • Inclusive team building means including everyone. Depending on the type of team building activity, you may benefit from hiring an outside expert to facilitate a team building event that everyone can participate in. Plus, the activity may feel more authentic because a professional is guiding you.

  • If you have introverts on the team, they may not be as excited about an exercise that involves lots of social interaction and do better in small groups.

  • Teammates with speech, sight, or hearing impairments may feel left out during a game that involves blindfolding players and communicating without looking at each other.

  • Physically active games could exclude physically impaired teammates.

Before choosing one of the team building games from this list, take stock of everyone's abilities. Find an activity that everyone on your team can participate in. Maybe even send out an anonymous poll to see what kinds of activities your team would be willing to partake in. Ultimately, the best team building activity will be the one that everyone can enjoy.

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Team icebreaker games

Icebreaker questions and activities are the perfect “getting to know you” games but they’re also fun to play with teammates you’ve known for a long time. You can play them to get everyone up to speed for a meeting (especially on those 8am calls) or use them to introduce new team members.

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1. Two truths, one lie

Team size: 3+ people

Time: 2–3 minutes per person

How to play: Ask everyone in the group to come up with two facts about themselves and one lie. The more memorable the facts (e.g., I went skydiving in Costa Rica) and the more believable the lies (e.g., I have two dogs), the more fun the game will be! Then, ask each team member to present their three statements and have the group vote on which one they think is the lie.

Why this exercise is great: This game is perfect for groups who don’t know each other well yet. The details you share can be used as building blocks for late conversations (“What else did you do in Costa Rica?”) to give you a better idea of who you’re working with.

2. Penny for your thoughts

Team size: 5+ people

Time: 2–3 minutes per person

How to play: You’ll need a box full of pennies (or other coins) with years only as old as your youngest team member (not the time to brag about your 1937 collector’s penny). Ask every team member to draw a coin from the box and share a story, memory, or otherwise significant thing that happened to them that year. This can be anything from learning how to ride a bike to landing your first job.

Why this exercise is great: This is a fun twist on a stress-free and simple icebreaker that gives everyone the chance to share a personal story with their team. You can play multiple rounds if the stories are on the shorter side or let team members elaborate on their stories to gain deeper insight into their lives.

3. Mood pictures

Team size: 5+ people

Time: 2–3 minutes per person

How to play: Prepare a variety of images before you play. You can collect newspaper clippings, magazine cutouts, postcards, and posters or print out different images from the internet (Pinterest is a great spot). The images should show landscapes, cities, people, shapes, or animals in a variety of colors and perspectives.

Lay all the images out and ask team members to each pick one that resonates with their current mood. Once everyone has picked an image, ask them to share what they resonated with, how it makes them feel, and why they picked it.

Why this exercise is great: This exercise is a great way to get a meeting or a workshop started because it allows you to get a feel of the room in a creative and unexpected way. You don’t always have to ask your team to pick an image that reflects their mood—it can also be their expectations for a workshop, their feelings about a current project, or how they hope to feel at the end of the day. As they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words, so this exercise makes talking about feelings easier for a lot of people.

4. One word exercise

Team size: 3+ people

Time: 5–10 minutes

How to play: Pick a phrase related to the meeting topic and ask everyone to write down one word that comes to mind on a post-it. Then, gather these words on a whiteboard or put them in a presentation. For example, if you’re hosting a meeting about your annual holiday event. Everyone would take a moment to respond with the first word that comes in their head. If the team is responding with words like stress or exhaustion, you might want to rethink your process.

Why this exercise is great: This is a way to collect opinions, thoughts, or feelings about a meeting that’s well within most people’s comfort zone. You’ll have the chance to read the room before diving into the topic and may uncover some concerns or questions to focus on, which will make the meeting more beneficial to everyone.

5. Back-to-back drawing

Team size: 4+ people

Time: 5–10 minutes

How to play: Split your team into groups of two and make them sit back to back. Hand one person a pen and piece of paper and show the other person a picture of something that’s fairly simple to draw (e.g., a car, a flower, a house). This person now has to describe the picture to their teammate without actually saying what the item is so they can draw it. They’re allowed to describe shapes, sizes, and textures but can’t say, “Draw a lily.” Once the blind drawing is finished, compare it with the original to see how well you communicated.

Why this exercise is great: This activity is a fun way to polish your communication skills, especially your listening skills. It also gives your team a chance to get creative and innovative by thinking outside the box to describe the image to their teammate.

6. Birthday line up

Team size: 8+ people

Time: 10–15 minutes

How to play: Ask your entire team to form a line in order of their birthdays without talking to each other. You can encourage other forms of communication like sign language, gestures, or nudges. If you want to add a little bit of pressure and excitement to the exercise, add a time limit!

Why this exercise is great: Besides learning everyone’s birthday (which can always come in handy as a conversation starter later on), this exercise encourages your team to learn to communicate towards a common goal without using words. Although this can be a challenge and get frustrating, this exercise promotes problem framing skills, cooperation, and non-verbal communication skills.

7. Charades

Team size: 8–10 people

Time: 10–25 minutes

How to play: Divide your team into groups of four or five people. The person who goes first is given or shown a random object (e.g., printer, stapler, keyboard) in private. They then have to demonstrate how to use the object without actually showing it in front of their team. Their team gets 30 seconds on the clock to shout out the correct word (you can adjust the time depending on the difficulty of the objects).

Then it’s the other team’s turn. You’ll keep playing until every team member has had the chance to demonstrate an object to their team.

Why this exercise is great: This classic game is a nice way to break up a mentally taxing day and get your team to do a creative exercise that isn’t work-related.

8. Swift swap

Team size: 10–20 people

Time: 10–15 minutes

How to play: Split your team into two groups and line them up facing each other. Team A gets a quick observation period (15–30 seconds) in which group members have to memorize as many things about the people in front of them as possible. Then team A turns around while team B changes as many things about their appearance as possible.

Anything from changing the line up order to swapping shoes with someone or changing your hairdo is fair game. After about 45 seconds, team A turns back around and gets 5–10 minutes to find out what’s changed. You can adjust the time depending on the size of your group.

Why this exercise is great: This game is a great way to break up a long day and take everyone’s minds off work for a little while. Your team also gets to practice time-sensitive non-verbal communication during the swapping phase.

9. Code of conduct

Team size: 5+ people

Time: 20–30 minutes

How to play: This game is a great way to tune into a new project or workshop. Write the two categories “meaningful” and “enjoyable” on a whiteboard and ask the group to share what they believe is needed to accomplish these two things for your project or workshop. This can be anything from “regular breaks'' to “transparency and honesty,” which could fall under either category.

Everyone will choose ideas that they agree are both meaningful and enjoyable. Record these values in a shared tool to establish the code of conduct for your upcoming project or workshop. This list will function as a reminder for the team to uphold these values.

Why this exercise is great: Whether it’s the first day of a workshop, the beginning of a new project, or simply a Monday morning, this exercise is great to get everyone on your team on the same page. By establishing group norms and values early on and holding everyone accountable with a written code of conduct, you can create a sense of cohesiveness. If you’d like to do this exercise virtually, use our team brainstorming template to collect everyone’s thoughts.

10. Common thread

Team size: 10+ people

Time: 30 minutes

How to play: Divide your team into groups of three to five people. Then ask your team to find things everyone in their group has in common. This can be a favorite TV show, an ice cream flavor nobody likes, or a common hobby. Encourage your teammates to find common threads that aren’t too superficial or obvious. The more things they can find that everyone in the group has in common, the better! If you have the time, bring everyone together afterward and ask the teams to share their experiences.

Why this exercise is great: This fun game allows your team to find commonalities that they may not get a chance to discover otherwise. It’s also a great way to reunite teams that feel a bit divided. Talking about shared likes and dislikes can be helpful to reconnect you with teammates.

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Remote or virtual team building games

Bonding with your teammates can be more difficult when you’re working remotely. Remote or virtual team building games can improve remote collaboration, motivate teams, and create a sense of community even though you’re physically apart. You can use Zoom to connect with your teammates or do quick team building exercises via your remote work software during the day.

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If your team is located across multiple time zones, you may have to get creative with scheduling. Ashley Frabasilio, Employee Engagement Manager at Asana encourages leaders to schedule these activities during normal work hours. Ensure that the activity is appropriate for all participants in all time zones so no one feels excluded. Using work hours for these exercises can also increase the participation rate because you’re not interfering with personal time.

Read: Virtual team: 10 ways to build a collaborative culture

11. Show and tell

Team size: 3+ people

Time: 2–3 minutes per person

How to play: Ask everyone in your team to bring something they’re proud of or that brings them joy to your next meeting. This can be anything from a pet to a plant, a painting they did, or a certificate they received. Everyone gets two to three minutes to show off their item and answer questions from the team if they have any.

Why this exercise is great: Show and tell isn’t just fun for kids, it’s also a great way to connect with your team. You’re probably going to learn something new about your teammates and may get a couple of conversation starters for your next meeting from this game.

12. Photo caption contest

Team size: 5+ people

Time: 10–15 minutes

How to play: Collect a few funny photos—for example a few memes that have recently been circling the internet. Send these to your team before the meeting and ask everyone to submit their best photo caption for each image. You can put these together in a quick presentation and present them to your team during the call. You can have a good laugh together and even vote for the best captions.

Why this exercise is great: This exercise is a fun way to get creative as a team and have a good laugh together.

13. Morning coffee

Team size: 3+ people

Time: 15–30 minutes

How to play: Schedule regular coffee calls for your remote team to give everyone a chance to get to know each other like they would in an office setting. You can schedule team calls with four to five people or randomly assign two people to each other that switch every time. You can offer these casual calls once a week, bi-weekly, or once a month, depending on your team size and the interest in this opportunity.

Why this exercise is great: Remote teams don’t often get a chance to just chit-chat and get to know each other without talking about work or feeling like they’re wasting meeting time. By designating 15–30 minutes on a regular basis to a casual call, your team members will have a chance to bond with people they might not typically interact with.

14. Lunch and learn

Team size: 5+ people

Time: 30 minutes

How to play: Hold a weekly or monthly “lunch and learn” where one team member presents a topic to the whole team during their lunch break. This presentation can be on a tool everyone uses at work, on a lesson learned from a recent project, or even on a book they read that everyone can learn from.

Why this exercise is great: These events are a great opportunity for your team to connect in a more casual yet educational setting. If your team budget allows, send restaurant gift cards to your team members so they can order lunch for the call.

15. Online group game

Team size: 3+ people

Time: 30–60 minutes

How to play: Invite your team to play a game online together. This can be an actual video game if everyone happens to use the same console at home or you can download an interactive game (like Jackbox) which you can screen share with the rest of the group.

Why this exercise is great: Playing a video game or an interactive game that has nothing to do with work can be a fun way to switch things up, create a more casual work environment, and get to know each other better. It will also give people with great sportsmanship a chance to shine!

16. Trivia games

Team size: 6–20 people

Time: 30–90 minutes

How to play: Start a meeting with a quick game of trivia or host a regular virtual trivia night at the end of the work day. You can play a game of office trivia (e.g., facts about the company) or pick random other themes like TV shows, music, or national parks. To mix things up, ask other team members to host trivia night.

Why this exercise is great: Whether you’re making the trivia game office-themed or creating a regular team activity that takes everyone’s minds off of work, you’ll get to spend time with your team playing a competitive, educational, and entertaining game that gives everyone a chance to bond.

17. Quarterly challenge

Team size: 3+ people

Time: One month

How to play: Create an optional challenge for your team to participate in. The challenge can be centered around healthy eating, meditation, journaling, or reading. Create a chat or thread where your teammates can exchange their experiences, wins, and questions to keep each other motivated and accountable throughout the month.

Make sure your team knows that participation is optional. It never hurts to ask for feedback to spark future team challenge ideas.

Why this exercise is great: Creating a challenge like this for your team shows them that you care about their work-life balance. By offering a quarterly challenge, you provide your team with the opportunity to share an experience together. Plus, it’s always easier to complete a challenge when you have a team who supports you and an incentive to work toward.

18. Personality test

Team size: 5+ people

Time: Any

How to play: Send a personality test to your team and ask everyone to share their results in a chat or during your next team meeting. This can be a formal test like the Enneagram or StrengthsFinder. For something more lighthearted, you can send a fun quiz like the Sorting Hat to find out which Hogwarts house you belong in or a Buzzfeed quiz (e.g., “What Kitchen Appliance Are You?”).

Why this exercise is great: Depending on the type of quiz your team takes, this can become a funny icebreaker before you start a meeting or turn into a discussion on your team’s combined strengths and challenges.

Read: 3 ways to collaborate remotely with your team

Problem solving games

Playing problem solving games with your team helps them level up their teamwork skills, resolve issues, achieve goals, and excel together. Whether you’re using new brainstorming techniques or going out for a team adventure, these fun team building activities are the perfect way to improve your team's problem solving skills.

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19. Your first idea

Team size: 5–12 people

Time: 10–20 minutes

How to play: Ask everyone in your team to write down the first idea that pops into their head when they’re presented with the problem. Compile the list and review it as a team.

A fun twist on this game is to ask everyone to write down their worst idea. After reviewing with the team, you may realize that some ideas aren’t that bad after all. You can play this game with a real-life problem, a fictional one, or when you’re brainstorming new ideas to pitch.

Why this exercise is great: We often get too much into our heads about problems and solutions. By writing down the first solution that comes to mind, we can uncover new perspectives and fixes.

20. Back of the napkin

Team size: 6–24 people

Time: 15–20 minutes

How to play: Divide your team into groups of two to four and present them with a variety of open-ended problems. These can be work-related, imaginary, or even environmental problems. Every team gets a napkin and pen that they have to sketch or write their solution on after they’ve discussed the issue as a group. These will then be presented to the rest of the team.

Why this exercise is great: Some of the best ideas have allegedly been recorded on napkins (hey, when creativity strikes you’ll write on anything). This game imitates this scenario while challenging your team to collaborate on solving a creative problem.

21. Create your own

Team size: 5–12 people

Time: 30–60 minutes

How to play: Each team member will create an original problem-solving activity on their own and present it to the group. Whether this entails a physical, mental, or creative challenge is up to your team. If you have the time, play some of the games afterward!

Why this exercise is great: Coming up with your own games is fun and a real creative challenge. It also allows your team members to showcase their strengths by creating challenges they’ll be prepared to tackle.

22. Spectrum mapping

Team size: 5–15 people

Time: 30–60 minutes

How to play: Present your team with a few topics that you’d like their opinions and insight on. Write them down on a whiteboard and give everyone sticky notes and pens. Ask them to write down their thoughts and pin them on the whiteboard underneath the respective topic.

Now arrange the sticky notes as a team. Try to group similar ideas together to the left of the topic and post outliers toward the right side. This will create a spectrum of popular thoughts and opinions on the left and more extreme ideas on the right.

Why this exercise is great: This game will help you map out the diversity of perspectives your team has on different topics. Remember that unpopular opinions don’t have to be wrong. Embracing this diversity can help you uncover new perspectives and innovative ideas to solve problems you’re facing as a team.

23. What would “X” do?

Team size: 5–10 people

Time: 45–60 minutes

How to play: Present your team with a problem and ask everyone to come up with a famous person or leader they admire. This can be a celebrity, a business person, or a relative. Challenge your teammates to approach the problem as if they were that person and present their solution (extra points for playing in character).

Why this exercise is great: Getting stuck in your own head can often keep you from solving a problem efficiently and effectively. By stepping into the shoes of someone else, you may uncover new solutions. Plus, it’s fun pretending to be someone else for a little while!

24. Team pursuit

Team size: 6–24 people

Time: 1–3 hours

How to play: Form groups of two to six people that will compete against one another in a series of challenges. You can buy a team pursuit package online or create your own game, which will take a good amount of prep time.

You’ll want to create a set of challenges for your team: cerebral challenges that test logic and intelligence, skill challenges like aptitude tests, and mystery challenges which usually ask for creativity and out-of-the-box thinking (e.g., come up with a unique handshake, take a fun picture, etc.).

Why this exercise is great: A solid game of team pursuit will create a fun challenge that gives everyone a chance to shine and show off their talents. Whether you’re a good runner, a quick thinker, or a creative mind, everyone will be able to contribute to the success of the team. This game will bring your team closer together and show them new sides of their teammates that they may not have been aware of.

25. Code break

Team size: 8–24 people

Time: 1–3 hours

How to play: This brain teaser is a fun activity that you can play indoors or outdoors to challenge your team. Outback Team Building offers self-hosted, remote-hosted, and on-site hosted events that include several codes your teammates have to find and break to make it through the course.

Why this exercise is great: This challenge requires creative thinking, creates a competitive environment, and works with large groups because you can break off into smaller groups.

26. Escape room

Team size: 3+ people

Time: 2–3 hours

How to play: Visiting an escape room is always a unique experience and a great way to spend an afternoon with your team. If you have multiple escape rooms nearby, ask your team if they have a general idea of what theme they’d like to explore (e.g., history, horror, sci-fi) and try to pick something you’ll think everyone will enjoy.

If you’re super creative and have the time and resources, you can put together an escape room on your own!

Why this exercise is great: Solving the mysteries of an escape room with your team will reveal the strengths and weaknesses of your teammates, foster communication and collaboration, build trust, and become a shared memory that connects you together.

Indoor team building games

Most of these indoor games can be played in an office, conference room, or a hallway with a small team, but you may need a bit more space if you’re inviting a larger group to join in.

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27. Perfect square

Team size: 4–12 people

Time: 15–30 minutes

How to play: Divide your team into groups of four to six and ask them to stand in a tight circle with their group. Ask everyone to blindfold themselves or close their eyes and give one person a rope. Without looking at what they're doing, the teams now have to pass the rope around so everyone holds a piece of it and then form a perfect square. Once the team is sure their square is perfect, they can lay the rope down on the floor, take off their blindfolds (or open their eyes) and see how well they did.

Why this exercise is great: This game is about more than perfect geometric shapes, it’s an amazing listening and communication exercise. Because no one can see what they're doing, your team members have to communicate clearly while figuring out how to create a square out of a rope. Besides, it’s often really funny to see how imperfect the squares come out.

28. Memory wall

Team size: 5+ people

Time: 15–30 minutes

How to play: You’ll need a whiteboard and sticky notes for this game. Write different work-related themes on the whiteboard such as “first day at work,” “team celebration,” and “work travel.” Hand each teammate a few sticky notes and ask them to write down their favorite memories or accomplishments associated with one or more of these themes. Invite everyone to share these with the team to take a walk down memory lane and post the notes on the whiteboard as you go.

Why this exercise is great: This is a nice way to end a week, long day, or workshop because you’ll share positive experiences with one another that will leave your teammates smiling. If you’re finishing up a work trip or multi-day workshop, you can also do a slimmed-down version of this by asking everyone to share their favorite memory or biggest accomplishment of the last few days.

29. Turn back time

Team size: 5–10 people

Time: 20–30 minutes

How to play: This team building exercise works best in a quiet atmosphere with everyone sitting in a circle. Ask your team to silently think of a unique memory in their lives. You can give them a few minutes to collect their thoughts. Then, ask everyone to share the one memory they’d like to relive if they could turn back time.

Not everyone may be comfortable opening up at first, so be sure to lead with vulnerability and make everyone in the room feel safe about sharing their moment.

Why this exercise is great: This exercise is a great way to help your team members remember their priorities and bond on a deeper level. In a team that’s facing disconnection or stress, sharing personal highlights that aren’t work-related can help create a sense of togetherness. Although the exercise doesn’t take too long, it’s best to do it toward the end of the day so your team has a chance to reflect on what’s been said.

30. Paper plane

Team size: 6–12 people

Time: 20–30 minutes

How to play: Split your team into groups of two to four and hand out card stock. Give each team 10–15 minutes to come up with the best long-distance paper plane design (they’re allowed to do research on their phones or computers) and a name for their airline.

When the paper planes are done, have a competition in a long hallway or outside to see which plane flies the farthest.

Why this exercise is great: This exercise requires team members to collaborate on a project with a tight timeline. It is a great activity to practice communication skills, delegation, and time management.

31. Build a tower

Team size: 8–16 people

Time: 20–30 minutes

How to play: Divide your team into groups of four or five and provide them with 20 sticks of uncooked spaghetti, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow. Challenge each team to build the tallest tower possible using only the supplies you gave them. When finished, the tower has to support the marshmallow sitting on top. Set the timer for 20 minutes and ask everyone to step away from their masterpiece when it runs out so you can crown a winner.

Why this exercise is great: This challenge is a great way to improve problem solving skills and communication within your team. Your team members will have to prototype, build, and present the tower in a short amount of time, which can be stressful. The better they work together, the more likely they are to succeed.

32. Flip it over

Team size: 6–8 people

Time: 20–30 minutes

How to play: Lay a towel, blanket, or sheet on the floor and ask your teammates to stand on it. The goal is to flip the piece over without ever stepping off of it or touching the ground outside of the fabric. You can make the challenge more difficult by adding more people to the team or using a smaller sheet.

Why this exercise is great: This exercise requires clear communication, cooperation, and a good sense of humor. It’s a great way to find out how well your teammates cooperate when presented with an oddly difficult task.

33. Sneak a peek

Team size: 4–20 people

Time: 30 minutes

How to play: Create a structure out of Lego pieces and hide it in a separate room. Divide your team into groups of two to four people and give them enough Legos to replicate the structure in 30 minutes or less.

One player per team is allowed to sneak a peek at the original structure for 15 seconds, then run back and describe it to their team. The person who gets to sneak a peek rotates so everyone gets to see the original at some point during the game. The team that first completes the structure as close to the original wins!

Why this exercise is great: During this game your team gets to focus on teamwork and communication. Since only one person at a time is allowed to look at the original, team members may see and describe different things. The more complex the structure is, the harder this game will be.

34. Pyramids

Team size: 8–24 people

Time: 30 minutes

How to play: Pick a large open area for this game like a hallway, a meeting room, or the cafeteria. Divide your team into groups of four to six and give each team 10 paper cups. Ask the teams to stand in a line with about 8–10 feet between the team members. Now it’s a race against time!

The first person in each line has to build a pyramid with four cups at the base. Once they’re done, the second player has to help them carry the pyramid to their station (this can be on the floor or at a table). They can slide it on the floor or carry it together but if the pyramid falls apart, the players have to reassemble it on the spot before continuing their journey. At the next station, the second player has to topple the pyramid and rebuild it before the third player gets to help them carry it to the next station. This continues until the pyramid reaches the last station. The team that finishes first wins the game

Why this exercise is great: This game is fun to play during a mid-day break, fosters communication skills, and promotes teamwork.

35. Shipwrecked

Team size: 8–25 people

Time: 30 minutes

How to play: The premise of the game is that you’re stranded on a deserted island and only have 25 minutes to secure survival items off the sinking ship. Place items like water bottles, matches, food, etc., in the “shipwreck area.” You can also print pictures on index cards to make things a bit easier. The quantity of each item should be limited, with some items having more than others (e.g., more water than food, fewer tarps than teams, more knives than ropes, etc.).

Divide your team into groups of two (or more if it’s a large team). Once the clock starts, they have to gather as many items as they deem worthy from the shipwreck and rank them in order of importance. Since the items are limited (some more than others), the teams will not only have to prioritize the items within their own group of people but also negotiate, trade, and exchange items with other teams.

Why this exercise is great: This game will challenge problem-solving abilities, encourage collaboration, and enable your team to flex their leadership skills. Typically, teams with strong leadership qualities will have the most success in making these quick decisions.

36. Team flag

Team size: 6–20 people

Time: 30–45 minutes

How to play: Divide your team into groups of two to four people and provide them with paper and pens. Each group now has to come up with an emblem or flag that represents their team. Once everyone has completed their masterpiece, they have to present it to the rest of the teams, explaining how they came up with the design. This exercise is also a great opportunity to discuss how each group identified their common values and created alignment during the design process.

Why this exercise is great: This is a great way to get the creative juices flowing. Your team will not only have to come up with a unique design that represents their collective identity but they’ll also have to collaborate on putting pen to paper and presenting their flag or emblem at the end of the game.

37. Salt and pepper

Team size: 6–20 people

Time: 45–60 minutes

How to play: You’ll need a list of things that go well together like salt and pepper, left sock and right sock, day and night, peanut butter and jelly, or yin and yang. Write these words on individual pieces of paper and tape one sheet of paper on every team member's back.

Ask your team to mingle and find out what’s written on their back by asking questions that can only be answered with yes or no (e.g., “Am I sweet? Do you wear me? Am I cold?”). Once the participants find out who they are, they have to find their match!

Why this exercise is great: Your team can use this game to bond with one another and improve their communication skills. If you have a large team, this exercise also gives them a chance to interact with people they may not usually get to talk to.

38. Sell it

Team size: 3+ people

Time: 45–90 minutes

How to play: Ask your teammates to each bring a random object to the meeting. Everyone then has to come up with a logo, slogan, and marketing plan to sell this object. After 30 minutes, each team member has to present their new product to the rest of the team. If you have a larger team, divide them into groups of 2–4 people and ask them to collaborate on their product pitch.

Why this exercise is great: This game is great to switch things up if you don’t already work in marketing or sales. It’s also fun to play with others as it allows your team to get creative and have fun with everyday objects.

39. The barter puzzle

Team size: 4–12 people

Time: 1–2 hours

How to play: Divide your team into groups of three or four people and give each a different jigsaw puzzle of the same difficulty level. Ask them to complete the puzzle as a team. The twist: each puzzle is missing a few pieces that are mixed in with an opposing team’s puzzle. The teams have to figure out ways to get the pieces they need from the other teams by negotiating, trading pieces, or even exchanging teammates. Every decision has to be made as a team. The first team to complete their puzzle wins.

Why this exercise is great: Every decision made will have to be a group decision which challenges your team to improve their problem solving skills.

Read: 10 easy steps to boost team collaboration

Outdoor team building exercises

If you want to get a larger group together for a team building exercise, why not take things outside? Outdoor team building is also a great way to get your teammates to interact without the distractions of screens or smartphones. Whether you want to catch a breath of fresh air or get some sunshine together, these exercises will help you bond with your teammates outside of the office.

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40. The minefield

Team size: 4–10 people

Time: 15–30 minutes

How to play: Create a minefield in a parking lot or another large, open space by sporadically placing objects like papers, balls, cones, and bottles. Split your team into groups of two and ask one person to put on a blindfold. The other person now has to guide the blindfolded teammate through the minefield only using their words. The blindfolded person is not allowed to talk and will be eliminated if they stop walking or step on anything in the minefield.

The objective of the game is to make it to the other side of the minefield. The teams can then switch so another person will be blindfolded and guided through the field on their way back. You can also distribute pieces the blindfolded person has to pick up on their way through the field to add another difficulty level.

Why this exercise is great: This game is not just a trust exercise for your teammates but also a fun way to practice active listening skills and clear communication.

41. Earth-ball

Team size: 5–20 people

Time: 15–45 minutes

How to play: You’ll need a balloon, beach ball, or volleyball for this activity. Ask your team to stand in a circle and keep the balloon or ball in the air for as long as possible. To make it a real challenge, no one can touch the ball twice in a row. The bigger your team, the more fun this game will be!

Why this exercise is great: This fun challenge is a great way to get your team moving. If you’re struggling to keep the ball up for longer, try to come up with a strategy to improve your time.

42. Scavenger hunt

Team size: 8+ people

Time: 45–90 minutes

How to play: Put together a scavenger hunt for your team. This can be in the form of a list of photographs they have to take (e.g., something red, all teammates in front of the company logo, the CEO’s car, etc.), items they have to collect (e.g., company brochure, yellow sticky note with manager’s signature on it, ketchup packet from the cafeteria, etc.), or other activities they have to complete on a designated route.

Why this exercise is great: The more people that tag along, the more fun this game will be. You can group people together who don’t know each other very well to allow them time to bond during this exercise. Try to come up with company-specific quests for your team so they learn a few fun facts along the way. You can offer prizes for the most creative team or the first to finish the challenge to boost motivation.

43. Egg drop

Team size: 4–12 people

Time: 60–90 minutes

How to play: Divide your team into groups of two or three people and give each team a raw egg (keep some extras in case they break before the grand finale). Then put out supplies like tape, straws, rubber bands, newspapers, and balloons so the teams can build a structure for the raw egg that will protect it from a fall out of a second or third story window.

Each team has 60 minutes to complete their structure. When the time is up, ask your teams to gather their eggs and egg cages to drop them out of the window. This grand finale will reveal which team engineered and built the best cage.

Why this exercise is great: Collaborating on a design and building a cage will challenge your team’s problem solving and collaboration skills.

44. Team outing

Team size: Any

Time: Any

How to play: Plan an outing for your team. You could attend a cooking class or go to a museum together. If you want to have something your teammates can work toward, plan to run a 5K together or host a ping pong tournament. You can also do something more casual like inviting your team to hangout at a bowling alley after work where you can play a few games in a casual and fun setting.

Why this exercise is great: Taking your team somewhere new will help break down some of the walls we often build in a professional setting. While you’re still at a company function, you’re more inclined to connect through casual conversation at a restaurant or park than you would at the office.

45. Volunteer as a team

Team size: 5+ people

Time: Any

How to play: Organize a team event during your regularly scheduled workday. This can be a charity event, yard sale, or fundraiser for a cause your team cares about. Even though these are enjoyable, scheduling them during work hours makes this feel like more of a perk than an obligation.

If your team members have a few causes they’re truly passionate about, consider making this a monthly or quarterly event. You can also rotate the charities that you’re helping out to accommodate your team’s different interests.

Why this exercise is great: Experiencing helper’s high can improve your personal health and mental state. Sharing this rush that doing good can give you will help your team bond on a deeper level.

Benefits of team building

Team building is more than a fun break from your everyday routine at work. It also:

  • Improves communication, trust, and collaboration skills

  • Promotes a collaborative culture by bringing teammates together

  • Fosters agile decision making and problem solving skills

  • Boosts team productivity and morale

  • Uses creativity and outside-of-the-box thinking

Ashley Frabasilio believes that:

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A common goal is to create a memorable and meaningful experience for folks to connect. Some questions to consider when planning an impactful team-building activity include: What do I hope folks walk away with? I.e., a new skill, a deeper connection to one another, personal development, a moment of delight, etc.”

Ask yourself these questions before proposing a team building activity so you can reap the full benefits of the exercise.

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As you can see, there are plenty of ways to build your team’s confidence, connection, and teamwork skills. While team building is fun, it’s also important to connect with your team on an everyday basis. To build one of those connections in your day-to-day work, the right collaboration software is key.

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45 Team Building Games to Psych Up Your Team [2022] • Asana? ›

Team members describe the 30 seconds of their lives they would relive if it was their last 30 seconds. Instructions: Each team member spends a few minutes thinking about the best moments of their life. They then focus on the 30 seconds they'd want to relive if they were about to die.

What is the 30 second game for team building? ›

Team members describe the 30 seconds of their lives they would relive if it was their last 30 seconds. Instructions: Each team member spends a few minutes thinking about the best moments of their life. They then focus on the 30 seconds they'd want to relive if they were about to die.

What are the 4 C's of team building? ›

If you want to establish a team identity, you have to give your team an opportunity to openly discuss the 4 C's of a Team Identity: clarity, commitment, contribution, and concerns.

What is the code breaker team building game? ›

You have been locked up and framed for a high profile art heist. You will have 60 minutes to crack all the codes and get through 3 game levels to prove your innocence. The participants must collaborate in teams to decipher evidence, solve cryptic messages and complete interactive challenges.

What is a good example of a team building question? ›

Yes, there are fun team building questions for work. For example, you could ask your coworkers, “which ninja turtle are you?”, “what is your third-favorite flavor of ice cream?” or “if you had to live in a movie, which one would it be?”

What is the game 25? ›

Twenty-five is a nonpartnership game played with a standard 52-card deck, usually by four to six players. After anteing one chip, each player receives five cards in batches of three-two or four-one, and the next card is turned up to establish the trump suit.

What is the 30 second rule game? ›

The game is played with two or more teams of at least two players. Each round one player picks a card and has 30 seconds to describe the five objects, people or places written on the card without revealing the card or saying any part of the name.

What are the 7 principles of team building? ›

The founding principles of successful teams are trust, clarity, alignment, commitment, accountability, creativity, conflict resolution, and achieving results.

What are the 3 C of teamwork? ›

For our teams to succeed under any circumstance, we must always prioritize communication, team coordination, and cooperation.

What are the 4 most important pillars of successful team management? ›

The article describes four pillars of teamwork which can be deployed to build and sustain cohesive teams. These pillars are collaboration, communication, contribution, and commitment.

What is the weakest code breaker? ›

They all have number code names that denote their strength, Code:06 being the weakest (which all Code:Breakers start off with) and Code:01 being the strongest.

Who is Code Breaker No 1? ›

Hitomi (人見, Hitomi) was an ex-Code:Breaker, he was once positioned as Code:01, the top Code:Breaker in Eden, but decided to leave for personal reasons. He has the ability to control and manipulate electricity. He was the first Power User that met his Code:End in the series.

What is the win win game for team building? ›

A game for two (preferably) or more teams, pairs or individuals. The aim is to win as much money as possible from the 'banker' (the facilitator). The banker and the teams keep a tally of debits and credits. Each team (or pair/individual) must select 'Co-operate' (vote - BLUE) or 'Defect' (vote - RED) in each round.

What are 5 great ice breaker questions? ›

  • Quirky Ice Breaker Questions. ❖ If you could hang out with any cartoon character, who would you choose and why? ...
  • ❖ What would you like to be known/remembered for? ❖ What sport would you compete in if you were in the Olympics? ...
  • ❖ If money and time were no object, what would you be doing right now?

What are good team bonding questions? ›

Types of team-building questions
  • What's your earliest childhood memory?
  • Where's your favorite place you've ever been on vacation?
  • What was your favorite subject in school?
  • What was your favorite TV show as a kid?
  • What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?
  • Did you have a pet as a child?
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What is the most important thing in team building? ›

Effective communication is the most important part of teamwork. It involves consistently updating each person and never assuming that everyone has the same information. But good teamwork also requires sound listening skills.

How do you play 45? ›

Traditional Forty-Fives (45 point)
  1. Players must always follow the suit of the led card.
  2. The led card can only be beaten by a higher card in the same suit or with a trump.
  3. Any trump suit card beats every non-trump suit card.

What is the best of five game? ›

Best of five means out of 5 sets, the player who wins 3 sets out of 5, wins the match. If the player wins first 3 sets, it is said that he/she has won in straight sets and the remaining 2 sets will not be played at all. A Best of Five format is one where you have to win any 3 sets to claim victory.

What is the 80 20 rule game? ›

Periodically pause and reflect on the 80% of activities that add little to no value to your life. Systematically remove these activities from your life and use the newly acquired time and energy to build habits around the 20% of activities that provide you personal energy and a sense of meaning.

What is rule of 3 gaming? ›

Rule of Three is a fast-paced strategy game for visual thinkers. Shuffle the cards and prepare to collect matching triplets of shapes, colors, and numbers. Can you outwit the other players and steal the cards they need? Quick thinking, logic, and skill win the game!

What are the 5 seconds rules? ›

“The 5 Second Rule is simple. If you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill it. The moment you feel an instinct or a desire to act on a goal or a commitment, use the Rule.

What are the five pillars of teamwork? ›

The five pillars of a successful team are Trust, Conflict Resolution, Commitment, Accountability and Results. Trust grows when team members are willing to be vulnerable with each other. They must have confidence that their fellow members' intentions are good and helpful.

What are the 4 elements of a team? ›

4 Essential Characteristics of a Successful Team
  • Strong Leadership. ...
  • Common Goals. ...
  • Diversity. ...
  • Trust.
Aug 31, 2015

What are the ABCs of team effectiveness? ›

Team composition shapes the emergence of affective states, behavioral processes, and cognitive states (the ABCs of teamwork), which ultimately affect how teams meet their objectives.

What are 3 things that make a great team? ›

What makes a good team?
  • There's camaraderie throughout the team.
  • Everyone respects one another.
  • People practice active listening when others speak.
  • Highly adaptable to change.
  • Effective communication throughout each department.
  • Problem-solving happens without arguments.
Apr 11, 2022

What are 3 examples of effective team working? ›

Teamwork Examples
  • Delegation. ...
  • Regular communication. ...
  • Providing encouragement to one another. ...
  • Providing assistance and support to one another. ...
  • Sharing knowledge and expertise. ...
  • Seeking out and incorporating feedback from one another. ...
  • Managing conflicts professionally. ...
  • Motivating team members.
Dec 25, 2022

What are the 4 keys to great management? ›

The Four Keys to Great Management
  • Select a person . . . based on his experience, intelligence and determination.
  • Set expectations . . . by defining the right steps.
  • Motivate the person . . . by helping him identify and overcome his weaknesses.
  • Develop the person . . . by helping him learn and get promoted.
Oct 14, 1999

What are the 4 principles of good management? ›

Originally identified by Henri Fayol as five elements, there are now four commonly accepted functions of management that encompass these necessary skills: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.

What are the 4 pillars of manager? ›

You will learn the four pillars of management: planning, organizing, directing, and controlling, and learn how to apply them to turn wishes, dreams, and ideas into reality. You will become a better manager and leader.

What is Angel Code:Breaker? ›

The Angels are a group of Rare Kind feared by power users; as a result, they are rarely ever talked about. On December 32, they killed many power users. During this time, Sakura was on their side. All the members appear to know Rei, as he was Sakura's friend years ago.

What is the most powerful Code:Breaker? ›

However, Code: Breaker 01, also known as the Ace, is typically the strongest of the six. Each Code: Breaker adds their own addition to the Code of Hammurabi.

What is the eye for an eye Code:Breaker? ›

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and evil for evil. Rei Ogami (大神 零 Ōgami Rei) is the male protagonist and the antihero of Code:Breaker. His position and name in Code:Breaker is Code:06.

What is a rare breed in Code:Breaker? ›

Rare Kind is the term given to people with the ability to negate the special powers of others. They are unlike other power users in that their lost form requires an exlir to restore their orginal form. Their blood is also needed to open pandora's box.

Who was ww2 Code:Breaker Alan? ›

Alan Turing helped the British government pioneer the technology to decrypt Nazi Germany's secret communications during World War II. In 1952, Alan Turing was forced to endure chemical castration by the same government after being prosecuted for homosexual acts.

How do you break the code? ›

As you're working, use your familiarity with common words and sentence structure to start making logical guesses. You'll rarely feel sure, but the code-breaking game is played by making logical choices and going back and correcting your mistakes. Watch for double symbols and short words and start solving those first.

What are the secret of a winning team? ›

Clear communication is at the heart of successful teams and it's important to think about how you do this. Aim for two-way interaction and the exchange of ideas and make sure to have regular team meetings to encourage this. Good team working also means being tolerant of other people's styles and ways of communicating.

How do you win a big team? ›

7 Ways to Build a Winning Team
  1. Vigorous recruitment process. The very first step in building up your team is obviously to make sure you hire the best people. ...
  2. Give your team members the training and development they need. ...
  3. Strong leadership. ...
  4. Be a good mentor. ...
  5. Take risks. ...
  6. Give your team faith. ...
  7. Instil a sense of team commitment.
Mar 2, 2015

What team has won every game? ›

Apart from the 1972 Dolphins, three NFL teams have completed undefeated and untied regular seasons: the 1934 Chicago Bears, the 1942 Chicago Bears, and the 2007 New England Patriots.

What are some fun questions? ›

Random Questions to Ask People
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
  • Do you eat or drink soup?
  • How many pairs of shoes do you own?
  • What is the best gift you have ever received?
  • If you were a superhero, what powers would you want to have?
  • What is your favorite animal?
  • What's your favorite family recipe?

What are the 4 C's icebreaker? ›

Ice Breaker 4: Four C's

Ask each person to name a cartoon character, a color, a car, and a cuisine that best describes his or her personality and explain why.

What is a fun icebreaker question? ›

What's the weirdest food you've ever eaten? What's the most out-of-character thing you've ever done? What is your cellphone wallpaper? You can have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what is it?

What is a fun office question of the day? ›

Examples include, “What's the best movie you have seen in the past month?” “How do you like to celebrate accomplishments?” and “If you could switch bodies with anyone in the world for twenty-four hours, would you do it, and if yes, who would you switch bodies with?” The purpose of these questions is to encourage ...

What are some fun ice breaker questions for coworkers? ›

Quick icebreaker questions
  • What's your biggest claim to fame?
  • What's your best party trick?
  • What is a weird fact that you know?
  • Who is your favourite comedian?
  • Who is your favourite actor?
  • What is your favourite book?
  • What is your favourite movie?
  • What is your favourite song?

What is the first rule of team building? ›

The first rule of team building is an obvious one: to lead a team effectively, you must first establish your leadership with each team member. Remember that the most effective team leaders build their relationships of trust and loyalty, rather than fear or the power of their positions.

What makes a good team exercises? ›

Photos courtesy of the individual members.
  • Active Inclusion Of Less-Vocal Members. ...
  • Clarifying 'Why' And 'How' Up Front. ...
  • Accurate Knowledge Of The Team's Issues. ...
  • A Harmonized Goal. ...
  • Willingness To Be Open And Vulnerable. ...
  • Agreement On Clear Ground Rules. ...
  • Trust. ...
  • Vulnerability Displayed By The Leader.
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What are the 6 elements of a successful team? ›

The six elements are role clarity, trust, job satisfaction, commitment to the organization, motivation and empowerment. If you look at any person in your team, you can describe your relationship with him or her looking at: Role clarity: How clear it is to this person what behaviors and tasks you expect.

What are good categories for 30 second game? ›

  • All Categories.
  • all thriller & suspense.
  • espionage and spy thriller.
  • political / legal thriller.
  • psychological thriller.
  • technothriller.

What is 30 seconds board game example? ›

Up against a 30 second timer players take turns to describe in any order up to five words on a card with teammates trying to guess correctly. For example HOLIDAY, DANCE, TAYTO, OXYGEN & BACKSTROKE. So the fun starts when players describe and give hints to their team as fast as they can before the timer runs out.

How do you play 30 seconds virtually? ›

For thirty seconds, players act out their words simultaneously. For the remaining thirty seconds, participants type out their answers. When time is up, players send the responses in the chat. Players get points for each correct answer, or the team with the most correct answers earns one point.

What to do in 60 seconds game? ›

60 Seconds! is a dark comedy atomic adventure of scavenge and survival. Collect supplies and rescue your family before the nuke hits. Stay alive in your fallout shelter. Make difficult decisions, ration food and hunt mutant cockroaches.

What are games like 60 seconds? ›

What is the 5 minute game? ›

5-Minute Dungeon is a chaotic, co-operative, real-time card game in which players have only five minutes to escape the randomized dungeon. Communication and teamwork are critical to survival because there's no time to form a carefully considered plan — and no predicting what dangers lie ahead.

What is 5 seconds answer game? ›

The premise of the game is simple: players have 5 seconds to name three things related to a given category before time runs out. The game can be played with a wide range of questions, making it versatile and engaging for players of all ages.

What is the 3 minute game? ›

The basic gist is this: you touch your partner how they want to be touched for 3 minutes (head scratching, skin stroking, light massage, still pressure etc.), then you let them touch you for 3 minutes how THEY want to touch you (this is what THEY want to experience by touching you, while you communicate your boundaries ...

What is the 5 things game on Zoom? ›

Five Things is an improv game you can play over Zoom to encourage team building. Here is how to play: Name a topic and a person. That person has 15 seconds to name five specific items within the topic.

How do you play 4 Corners virtually? ›

Four Corners Using Jamboard

In each corner, the numbers one through four are listed. Then she tells her students to make a sticky note with their name on it. She reads a question aloud and gives four choices. The students then move their sticky note to the corner they agree with.

How do you play death in a minute? ›

Select 1-3 performers to improvise a scene in the prescribed performance area. Give them a location and a cause of death. Time the scene so that the actors cause one or all of the characters to die dramatically at the one minute mark. The leader can give time updates at 30 seconds, 15 seconds and 5 seconds.

How do you play beat the clock game? ›

Beat the Clock is a simple ESL game to play with young learners. In this game, students need to organise flashcards into the correct order as quickly as possible. The student who organises the flashcards the quickest is the winner!

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