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Team Building Exercises that Promote Communication and Team Work

Over the years,  TBAE has developed a collection of fun exercises that promote team work and communication skills. The following is a selection of some of the team building exercises that TBAE offers in their various group and indoor activities.

Related: Communication Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Team Building Exercises for Communication

Bhati  In this exercise, one team must pick up as many objects as possible and put them into a crate, only using their feet. They need to achieve this while avoiding ‘fire’ from the opposing team. If anyone does get hit by a ‘missile’, they need to get out of the designated area. Once all the team members have been hit the objects are counted, and the teams swap over to see whom the winning team is.

Blindfold Collection – Two team members at a time are blindfolded, and the rest of the team need to communicate to them which objects to pick-up. Each team member will have a chance to be blindfolded.

Bubble Pie – In this team building exercise teams have to “make” as many bubbles as possible in a bucket filled with soapy water. The team is given a tin can which needs to be filled with bubbles. When a team member has the tin can filled with bubbles, he/she needs to run to a bucket on the opposite side and deposit what is left of the bubbles in the empty bucket. They then run back to the line, passing the empty can to the next person in line. That person repeats the whole process, which continues until everyone in the line has had a turn. Team with the most bubbles in the bucket wins.

Bucket challenge – This exercise take place in the form of a relay race with teams racing against each other while trying to transport as much water as possible. The buckets need to stay on top of the team member’s heads at all times which makes staying dry extremely difficult.

Catty Shooting – The Catty is a small hand-held weapon that is powered by pulling back an elastic band that is joined to the small pouch that holds the items being shot. In this team building exercise, a target needs to be hit a certain number of times with the team members taking turns at trying to hit the target.

Frisbee Golf – In this exercise, instead of hitting a ball into a hole, you throw a Frisbee until it lands in a Hoola Hoop. Like normal golf, the object of Frisbee Golf is to complete each hole in the least number of throws. The player with the least throws on the last hole throws first on the next.

Hula Hoop Down – The team stands in a circle, and the goal is to move the Hula Hoop down from above waist height to the ground. There are certain restrictions in terms of how the Hula Hoop is allowed to be held.

Magic Carpet – In this exercise, each team member needs to stand on a small carpet. The team must then turn over the carpet without any body part of each team member touching the ground.

Marble Run – In the Marble Run exercise a marble needs to be rolled from point A to point B using pipes. The team members need to join the pipes together without the marble falling to the ground. If the marble hits the ground at any time they have to start again.

Memory Tester – The object of this exercise is for the team to build a replica of a structure. The teams are given all the pieces that make up this structure. However, the structure is not in front of them, and only one team member at a time is able to see the structure. They can move back to the structure as many times as they want to but time is of the essence in the race against the other teams. Communication and team work are crucial in this team building exercise.

Mummy Race  In this exercise a team member is mummified with toilet paper by the rest of the team. The mummy must then be carried by the team members to the tomb. The team whose mummy is the most intact wins the exercise.

Over & Under – Teams stand in long lines facing each other back to front. At the head of each line,  there is a bucket of water and at the other end a plastic empty container. A sponge is given to the person at the head of the line where the water bucket is. That person has to dip the sponge in the water to soak in as much water as they can. Then they have to pass the wet sponge over their head to the person behind – who then passes the sponge to the person behind them through their legs. The sponge makes its way back over the head of one person and between the legs of the next until it gets to the person standing next to the empty container. That person must squeeze whatever water is left into the empty container and run the sponge back up to the head of the line. The team with most water in the container wins.

Plank Walk – Teams race against each other with multiple participants from each team sharing a couple of planks. To move forward on the planks the team members have to work together and coordinate their movements.

Tyre Race  In this exercise, members of the team need to maneuver tyres around certain obstacles using the two wooden poles provided. This is a relay race.

Water Balloon Toss  Team members from the same team stand facing each other at a two meter distance and throw a water balloon to the member on the opposite side – after every successful toss and catch the members each take a step backward – the 2 team member that can successfully throw and catch at the furthest distance from each other win for their team.

Water Transfer – Teams need to transfer water from one side to the other using a combination of different equipment including canvas sheets and pipes with holes in them. Prepare to get extremely wet.

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Benefits of Drumming as a Team Building Event

In Africa,  the activity of Drumming as long been associated with communication and has been a fundamental group activity in the continent. Historically Drumming as a group activity has been associated with stress release, raising of group morale and enhancing team cooperation. In this blog,  we are going to take a closer look at how Drumming as a team building event reduces stress, improves company morale, enhances cooperation between staff members, improves communication and increases productivity.

Benefits of Drumming as a Team Building Event

Reduces Stress
Recent studies have proven that participating in drumming activities accelerates physical healing, boosts your immune system and produces feelings of well-being. It can also help to release emotional trauma and create a sense of deep relaxation. The studies show that drumming activities reduces stress in the participants and can even lower the blood pressure of individuals.  Drumming can serve as a distraction from grief and pain, promoting the production of endorphins which is the body’s own painkillers. Studies have been done in groups working in the care industry, and it has been shown that the drumming activities helped reduce stress in the care workers.

Improves Company Morale
A study conducted among 112 long term care workers showed that, after six sessions of Drumming, 46 percent of the workers experienced a significant mood improvement. After six weeks,  this figure increased to 62 percent. Drumming team building events boosts company morale, motivates employees and helps to reduce employee burnout. When staff are motivated, absenteeism decreases, people get along better, and the company becomes a more exciting and pleasurable place to be.

Encourage Cooperation
In Drumming team building activities,  every member of the group is encouraged to participate, and everybody needs to work together. The role of each individual is indispensable. The group nature of Drumming helps to break barriers of race, language, gender and hierarchy. Drumming creates a sense of connectedness and interpersonal support among the participants. A drum circle gives participants the opportunity to connect with a group of like-minded people, alleviating self-centeredness, isolation and alienation.

Improves Communication
In Africa drums was used as one of the earliest forms of communication over long distances. Today Drumming team building events improves group communication among employees. Drumming creates group awareness and helps to develop relationships within the group. Participants experience a sense of connectedness as they work towards a common purpose. Drumming activities promote freedom of expression and highlights the importance of non-verbal communication. Employees are also tested in their ability to follow the instructions communicated to them by the instructor.

Increases Productivity
As previously mentioned Drumming team building activities reduces stress in participants. This reduction of stress logically leads to healthier staff and, therefore, less absenteeism and higher productivity. The improvement in company morale caused by Drumming helps to reduce burnouts among staff which leads to a lower staff turnover rate. Drumming activities promote communication and a sense of shared vision which, taken into the workplace, can lead to an increase of productivity.

Murder Mystery Games for Team Building

I love to watch murder mysteries, and I am always trying to solve the crime before the culprit is revealed. Although I am not always that good at it, usually suspecting the entire cast by the end of the movie or episode, it is always exciting when I get it right.  It is this feeling of excitement that has made murder mystery games a popular form of entertainment at parties. Murder mystery games are also extremely popular for corporate team building as it brings people together in a fun manner. This event can also easily be incorporated in to a function where food is served.

Murder Mystery Games for Team Building

In a murder mystery game,  there is usually a participant who is knowingly or unknowingly the murderer. The rest of the players are given the task of doing some detective work to find out the identity of the murderer. The murder can take place either at the beginning of the event or during the course of the event. Murder mystery games are most often played out during a sit-down meal at dinner and are also referred to as Murder Mystery Dinners.

In the turn-based variant of the murder mystery game, information regarding the murder is progressively released to the players during the course of the game.  The players learn more about the plot and environment as more information is released. At each turn, as more information is revealed, the players are prompted to ask questions or read lines from a script. This variant of the game is especially suited for sit-down dinners or lunches.

For a more interactive version of the murder mystery game, most of the information on the murder is revealed at the start of the game and the players determine how the case must be solved. More objectives can be brought in to the game such as finding out the richest character or discovering other secrets unrelated to the murder. The purpose of this variant of the game is to create interaction between players, making it ideally suited for team building. The game is easier played out along with a buffet type meal as players need to interact and mingle without being overheard by other players.

Another option is to set up eight to ten characters as suspects, each with their own detailed background and story. The rest of the players are the detectives, given the task of interrogating the suspects to find the holes in their story. Some of the players may be given some of the facts before hand and plot twists may be added to make things more intriguing.

Murder mystery dinner games are ideal for team building. Employees get to know each other better in a relaxed and social manner. The props and costumes always generate a lot of laughter and players tend to come out of their shell as they become the characters whom they are portraying. Guests arrive for dinner looking like their character role with the facilitators supplying all the costumes, characters, scripts and clues. The fun begins as each person tries to prove their innocence by proving someone else at their table guilty.

The murder plot is played out over a meal. A “murder” is announced, and this becomes an excuse for the guests to enter a period, during which they tend to reveal fabrications, deceit and cover-ups. The murder mystery facilitator will walk the guests through the game and set the stage for the Murder Mystery theme. I highly recommend the murder mystery game for your next team building event, it is guaranteed to be a memorable experience filled with fun and laughter.

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Outdoor Team Building Ideas

Many hours will be spent indoors at the office this year, so it is always a good idea (weather permitting of course) to have your team building events outdoors. In this blog,  I am going to share some ideas for fun and interactive team building activities suitable for outdoors.

Outdoor Team Building Ideas

Tribal Survivor Challenge

The Tribal Survivor Challenge usually starts with each tribe needing to choose a name and come up with a flag and also a war cry that depict this name. The flag and war cry are then presented in front of the other tribes. Each tribe receives three to five burning torches. The last team to have fire still burning (any number of torches still burning) at the end of the event wins. The tribes compete against each other on a number of different activities, and after each activity there is a Tribal Council, whereby the losing team lose a life and has one of their torches extinguished. In some instances,  the winning team is able to choose a member from the loosing tribe, and on other occasions the losing team needs to kick off one of their own members.

Walk On The Wild Side Amazing Race

In the Walk On The Wild Side Amazing Race team building activity, the group is divided into teams and each team is provided with various clues relating to finding each “check-in” point. Some of the “check-in” points have activities that need to be completed, and at others the team only need to “prove” that they located that specific point. The teams need to find the “check-in” points in the correct sequences which are hidden in different locations throughout the venue. Once a “check-in” point is located, the team either needs to “prove” that the whole team was there, or each member of the team must complete the activity before moving onto the next activity. The first team to successfully complete all the activities and tasks is the winning team.

S.W.A.T

In the S.W.A.T, team building activity, one team member is taken hostage by a group of gunmen. As a team, you have to enter the building, try and eliminate the gunmen and rescue the hostage. Each team member is issued with a certain amount of rounds, and the team is given a time limit. Teams compete against each other. One team is the gunmen, and the other team is S.W.A.T. When the time is up the two teams change roles.

Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting

With Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting, teams can experience the excitement and challenge of Clay Pigeon shooting without the noise and recoil of regular shotguns. All the participants shoot at one clay with a computer determining the order of shooting. An indicator on the shotgun gives instant feedback so that the participants can know when they had a hit. Spectators are able to follow the progress on the electronic scoreboard. Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting is not harmful to the environment and guns fire harmless infrared beams at reusable clays. Realistic sound effects are computer generated with adjustable volume.

Cook Around the World

In the Cook Around the World team building activity, teams are provided with; cooking equipment and utensils, a recipe, ingredients and a table. Each team will be told which country they represent, and the team will then prepare a meal. Points will be given for teamwork, colour, presentation and taste. The winning team, as well as the runners up, will be announced and there after the meals will be enjoyed by all.

Potjiekos Cooking Competition

The Potjiekos Cooking Competition starts with the teams having to find the ingredients and utensils needed to start cooking. Once found the teams are further encouraged to barter against each other for anything they may still need. Now time for the main activity, who can cook the best potjie! This activity is perfect for building team spirit and fostering some healthy competition.

Archery

Archery is a fun and challenging team building activity. Participants can be divided into teams competing against other or individual shoot outs can be arranged. This ancient sport of warriors provides a change of pace where skill, judgment and a level head count for more than adrenaline. Archery sessions usually last for two hours.

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