Team-building activities give students a chance to learn personal information about each other. Students are then able to establish a certain amount of rapport and are more tolerant of each other. This creates a situation in which students are willing to work through situations in a more amicable way.

When students come together in team-building activities, it results in more ideas from everyone involved. There is more participation. An organisation can improve certain processes and procedures when everyone cares about and is a part of the outcome.

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Blanket Volleyball

Equipment: Two blankets, small toys and volleyball nets if required

Description: Divide group into two teams, each team is given a blanket held like a parachute. Use an object that starts on one team’s blanket (e.g. small toy) and is volleyed from team to team using the blanket for propulsion. To pass the toy back and forth requires lots of teamwork to coordinate the blanket at the right time.

Ready aim …

Equipment: Blindfolds and soft squishy balls

Description: Get into pairs and one person is blindfolded, the other person is your eyes; he/she can talk to you but cannot pick up the ball or throw it for you (cannot physically help the blindfolded person).  The idea is to hit another blindfolded person with the ball; if you make contact you swap and ‘the eyes’ become the ‘blindfolded’ person.

Spider web

Equipment: A piece of string/cord/ ribbon, in between two trees or poles that looks somewhat like a spider web

Description: You have to get the whole group through the spider web; however, once you are on the other side you are not allowed to go back to starting side. Once a person has gone through a hole in the web that hole is now closed. You cannot touch the web at any time, (or your team goes back to the start.)

Silent Ball

Equipment: Any ball. Tennis ball or something soft normally works best

Description: The aim of the game is for the class to pass the ball around without the ball hitting the ground. The only rule is they are not allowed to talk. The teacher will keep count of how many catches they have made. Once the class has worked this out you can add rules, such as, you can only use one hand, or that each class member can only catch the ball once before everyone has had a go. This way they have to remember who has caught the ball and who hasn’t without talking. If someone talks then you start the count again.

Masai Warrior

Equipment: None

Description: This is a game discovered in Kenya when visiting the Masai Warriors. The class needs to find a space on their own. This is best played outside. The aim of the game is to jump as high as you can on the spot for as long as you can. The winner or winners are the people who can do this for the longest. This shows strength and courage for the Masai Warriors. This can be used as a warm-up activity or can be used in the classroom to break up a lesson.