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How to Plan a Team Building Event

In this article, we are going to share with you some tips and pointers that will help you in planning your next team building event. Planning forms a vital part in the overall success of a team building event, and we will guide you through a couple of points that need to be considered when the event is in the planning phase. We will look at issues such as the objectives of the event, the participants, time frames, budgets, location, selecting teams, choosing a theme and assessment of the success of an event.

How to Plan a Team Building Event

What is the objective of the team building event?

It is essential to clearly establish the objectives for your team building event right from the start. Ask yourself why is your company doing team building and what is the company hoping to accomplish with the event? What are the expectations of the participants? Make sure that everybody has the same goal in mind from the outset. The following are some possible objectives:

In order to successfully plan a team building event any current strengths and weaknesses of the participating teams need to be considered. Find out if there is unresolved conflicts between certain people or is there certain groups of people who need to get to know each other better.  Is there members who tend to focus on their own achievements or is there members who are opposed to change? Consider whether there are issues of poor communication within the company and does the company need an overall morale boost.

Profiles of team members

Next you need to take a look at the profiles of the team members who will be attending the team building event. Things such as age range, gender mix and backgrounds of participants should be considered in planning the event. The team building activities at the event has to be suitable for all the team members and issues such as the physical condition and dietary requirements of participants need to be taken into consideration.

What is the budget?

The budget available for the team building event will have a strong influence on your choice of venue, food and beverage as well as the duration of the event and the type of event that you are planning. It is, therefore, very crucial for you to get an indication of the budget at a decidedly early stage of planning. The size of the budget will dictate whether all aspects of the team building will have to be handled in-house or if it will be possible to outsource some or all of the elements of the event. If it all possible, it is advisable to outsource the team building facilitation component of the event as you would like all your colleagues to be available to participate in the event. An established team building company will have the experience of knowing what works and what does not.

Time Frame of Event

Here, you need to find out when the event will take place and the length of the event. A decision will have to be made whether the event will take place in working hours or over a weekend or public holiday. When looking at a date outside working hours, the family commitments of participants need to be taken in to consideration. Furthermore, you will need to decide whether it will be a full day or half day event, or will the event take place over a 2 or 3 days.

Likes and dislikes of participants

When planning the team building activities of the event you have to take the likes and dislikes of the participants in to consideration. What do the team members prefer doing, are they the indoor kind or the outdoor adventurous types or a mixture of the two? This information can be collected by taking polls among the team members or by looking at past team building activities.

Choosing a venue for the event

Getting the right venue for your team building event is crucial as this can have a powerful effect on the atmosphere of the event. When looking for a venue you also need to consider the accessibility of the venue as well as the set-up and layout. Find out if the venue has any contingency plans for adverse weather in case of outdoor events.

Selecting teams

When you look at selecting teams for the event consider mixing departments, geographical regions, management levels or placing people that do not  get on well together in one team. It is also a good opportunity to identify leadership qualities by giving junior members leadership roles. Alternatively you can leave it up to the facilitators to select the teams on the day of the event; the facilitator will monitor the participants before the event to see where he can break up existing groups.

Choosing a theme

Make your event interesting by choosing a theme for it. Your venue, organisers, activities and music can then be chosen to complement this theme. Your content and objectives can be driven by this theme. For example, an archery event can be planned along with the theme of “hitting the target”, emphasising the importance of accuracy and correct decision making.

Assessing the success of the event

In order for a team building event to be considered successful there has to be some way to measure the success of the event. When planning your event it is essential to know how are going to measure this. Will the event be successful because it was enjoyable or because people got to know each other better? Feedback forms, surveys and observation reports  are some of the effective ways to measure the success of the team building event.

Make sure your team building event is a success by giving yourself enough time to plan for it. For a small to medium size event of up to 80 participants, two to three months should be enough, but you will need to give yourself up to six months to plan for events for over 80 participants. Make sure there is a healthy balance between fun and learning; team building should never be just about fun but should also not be overly serious.




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.

Murder Mystery Team Building

Choosing a Team Building Activity

Before choosing a team building activity, it is essential to have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish with the team building event. Take time to consider what problems and challenges the team are currently facing. If the activities you choose do not address these problems and challenges your team building event may fail and could even make the situation worse.  Poorly chosen activities are often experienced as a waste of time by the participants. Paintball, for example, is not a good activity to choose when team members are not getting along, and a team lacking in morale will not benefit from highly competitive activities.

Choosing a Team Building Activity

Objectives of Team Building Activities

Before deciding on a team building activity, be clear about the objectives of the team building event.  Identify existing issues within the team and determine the possible causes of any unhappiness and disharmony within the team.  If there are no obvious problems to be addressed, consider which team building activities can maintain and further improve team performance.

Some basic objectives may include:

Activities Using Music and Rhythm

Team building activities involving music and rhythm are upbeat and helpful to energize, uplift and get teams working together. Teams learn how the individual influences the group and how the group influences the individual. Some excellent activities incorporating music and rhythm are Drumming, Boomwhacking, Noot vir Noot and Karaoke.

Creative Activities

You can choose a creative team building activity to unlock some creative inspiration within your team. These activities are not only rewarding for the team on the day, but it has a further benefit of encouraging a more creative approach within the workplace. Some suggestions for creative team building activities are Art Workshop, Movie Making and Murder Mystery. See also our Creative Thinking Outcome Based team building activity.

Activities to Challenge the Mind

The more cerebral team building activities such as Scrabble Matics will improve the team’s problem solving skills under pressure.  These activities also test the creativity and analytical skills of the participants. See also our Problem Solving Outcome Based team building activity.

Activities to Motivate the Team

Motivational speaking and coaching are extremely beneficial to sharpen and perfect the skills of individuals and teams. These activities are especially helpful to remedy a lack of motivation in the team, bring about change in the team, promote ownership and enforce responsibility. It can also help individuals to better interact with managers, colleagues and customers.

Outdoor Activities that Promote Teamwork

These team building activities are perfect if your team is in the office most of the year and you want them to have some fun in the sun.  Team members learn to work together through a range of fun activities specially designed for the outdoors. Some of the activities that you can choose are Tribal Survivor Challenge, Boeresport Games, Amazing Race, Sports Day, Corporate Fun Day, SA Mini Olympics, Laughter Games and Beach Day.

Precision Activities

These activities are designed to emphasize the importance of working accurately and precisely under pressure. Our Hitting The Target team building theme consists of activities that promote precision in the workplace.

Fun and Social Activities

Team building activities that are more of a fun and social nature are often arranged as a means to reward a team or when team members need to get to know each other better. These activities allow cross communication and create an atmosphere of involvement and fun.  Some ideas for fun and social activities are Karaoke, Laughter Games, Score and Corporate Fun Day.


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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.

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.


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Indoor Team Building Ideas

Team building events are not restricted to outdoor activities, and there are many indoor options for team building. In this article, we will be looking at some team building ideas that can be done indoors.

Indoor Team Building Ideas


An excellent tool for stress release, Drumming create’s group bonding, team building and synchronizing of thought processes in the Business environment. In Africa drumming has always been the most basic group activity for communication. For centuries people have used drumming to release stress, lift their spirits, improve clarity and focus, and develop co-operation and community bonds. Group drumming is a non-competitive activity where each person, regardless of age, sex, race or class within the company has an equal role to play. Drumming events help to overcome barriers of race, language, gender and hierarchy. Drumming helps create synergy within a team, and the non-competitive nature of the event creates group awareness and highlights group communication.

Related: Communication Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Movie Making

Movie making is a fun and interactive team building activity suitable for everyone regardless of their age, level of fitness or physical abilities. In this event participants are usually divided into teams, with the members of the teams having to work together to write a script, produce, direct and act in the “Movie” using limited resources. Participants are encouraged to tap into their creative and practical abilities as they begin to make their movie. This event is not only an excellent team building tool, but also provides excellent entertainment when the movies are viewed at the end of the day and rewards given.

Related: Creative Thinking Outcome Based Team Building Activties

Scrabble Matics

In the Scrabble Matics team building activity,  each player becomes a letter and as such must find other letters in the room to make up a word. In this frantic and fast paced event, every letter must be used, illustrating the importance of inclusion. The aim of the game is to network with other participants and join forces with as many people as possible in order to score the most points whilst completing the group target. This fast paced team building game will allow your team to network whilst strategizing. Teams mix and mingle before forming alliances in order to get the highest word score, but with a group task of using every letter will the teams compete or collaborate?

Art Workshop

Participants are divided into teams, and each team is given an separate canvas on which to work. At the end of the Art Workshop, all the canvasses are combined to create one piece of art. Large groups can participate in this activity as the size of a group is only limited to the number of canvasses.

Each team works on their section of the painting; believing that the object of the event is to produce the best work of art on their canvas which they are working on. While the teams are working on their canvas, they have no idea what the other teams are doing and that they are, in fact, working on a single goal and not competing against each other. The result is a combination of art works each having its own unique style, but creating one new original work of art.

This fun team building activity is a rewarding challenge for participants and promotes unity within a group. The power of teamwork and effective communication is illustrated in this activity. The activity ends on a motivating high as the participants are impressed by what the group managed to achieve through the individual efforts of each team.

Minute to Win It

This activity is based upon the television program of the same name, where participants need to complete various activities within a one minute period. The difficulty of the Minute to Win It games increase as the activity progresses. If time expires or conditions of the game cannot be fulfilled, the team loses a life. If the team loses all three of their lives, the game ends, and the team’s winnings drop to the last milestone they passed. The teams need to decide which of their members are going to participate on what level of difficulty. A careful strategy needs to be adopted.

Related: Minute to Win It Games

Murder Mystery

In the Murder Mystery activity, guests arrive for dinner looking like their character role. 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 (from simple snacks to five course gourmet meals). A “murder” is announced, and this becomes an excuse for the guests to enter a period, during which they tend to reveal the biggest collection of fabrications, deceit and cover-ups imaginable.


Karaoke is a form of entertainment in which singers sing along with recorded music using a microphone and public address system. Lyrics are usually displayed on a video screen. Karaoke is an extremely fun team building activity, laugh at your fellow workers as they try and sing like their favourite pop stars and show them how it is done when it is your turn to sing.


Boomwhackers are hollow, plastic, musical tubes, which are struck with the hand or struck against each other to make melodious sounds. Each colour of boomwhacker has a distinct tone to create an instant orchestra when used in a group. Boomwhacking is ideally suited to audience participation and may be used in large numbers. Participants all play together, following a leader’s directions from the stage.

Motivational Speaking

Motivational speaking is excellent for guiding, assisting and empowering your team to become the best they can be. Motivational speaking works effectively with clients who are ready and want their team to change, grow take the next step up in their business, and ultimately want their team to operate at its full potential. It also stimulates individuality within the team, which allows employees to decide for themselves the best approach in solving their problems, how to interact with their managers, colleagues and customers, as well as how to work independently or in teams, and ultimately how to proceed in their personal development.


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Egg and Spoon Race Team Building Exercise

The Egg and Spoon Race is one of the popular exercises in TBAE’s “Boeresport” Games team building event. The Egg and Spoon Race is an uncomplicated activity, where the main objective is to balance an egg (or similar item) on a spoon and race with it to get to the finish line first. This is not only a popular team building activity, but is also often found at school events where it is combined with other traditional games such as Sack Races and Three-legged Races.

Egg and Spoon Race Team Building Exercise

Although some might argue with this, the Egg and Spoon Race was not birthed in South Africa.  The Oxford Dictionary states 1894 as its earliest recorded usage although earlier practice has been claimed in Colonial USA. In 1897, the Egg and Spoon Race was part of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee; it was also part of the Silver and Diamond Jubilee’s of Queen Elizabeth the second. A set of wooden eggs and spoons dating from the 1920’s is exhibited in the Good Time Gallery of Museum of Childhood in London.  Until the 1950’s Egg and Spoon Races were regularly held among employees of Trinity College in Cambridge.

The rules of the Egg and Spoon Race are straight forward. The race takes place between individuals or between teams in the form of a relay race. Whenever a participant drops their egg they either have to stop and reposition the egg to continue, or they need to go back to the start, or they can even be disqualified, depending on the rules agreed upon for that particular event.  To make the event more challenging, contestants may be required to hold the spoon with both hands or hold the spoon in their mouth.

For those who take their Egg and Spoon racing seriously, we have a few tips which will give a contestant the winning edge. Firstly it is vital that the egg and spoon is carried with soft hands and relaxed muscles. This makes it easier to sense the position of the spoon and eggs in space, enabling the contestant to make quick corrections. Relaxed arms and hands, also promote relaxation of the shoulders, chest, neck and shoulders. The next critical point to remember is to, always, keep your focus on the finishing line and not let the eyes stray towards the egg or other contestants. The body is best kept in balance by focusing on an object that is fixed and further away, and remember the body tends to follow where the eyes are looking.  To be a winning Egg and Spoon racer, it is also necessary to have the right footwear. They need to be thin and flexible so that the contestant can feel the terrain he/she is running on, which assists in making necessary adjustments.

There are a number of world records for Egg and Spoon Racing with the New Yorker Ashrita Furman the owner of a large share of them.  Ashrita Furman’s records include as at 7 July 2012 the fastest 100m in 19.39 seconds, fastest 100m with a spoon in mouth in 25.3 seconds, fastest mile in 7 minutes 8 seconds and fastest mile with a spoon in the mouth in 9 minutes 29 seconds.  In 1990, a London Marathon runner completed the marathon in 3 hours and 47 minutes whilst balancing an uncooked egg on a dessert spoon.

Sources: Wikipedia.org | http://www.mymovementimprovement.com/blog/2012/4/6/how-to-run-the-perfect-egg-spoon-race.html

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Tug of War Team Building Exercise

Tug of War is one of the popular exercises in TBAE’s Boeresport Games team building activity. The Boeresport Games activity was designed to bring back old memories with a combination of traditional games where teams compete against each other with a variety of different exercise. In this blog, we will focus on Tug of War as one of those exercises.

Tug of War Team Building Exercise

The Oxford English Dictionary describes the original meaning of the phrase Tug of War as “the decisive contest, the real struggle or tussle; a severe contest for supremacy”.  Tug of War has evolved into a competitive sport, team building exercise or popular recreational activity. Although there is no definite record of where Tug of War originated from, there is evidence that a form of Tug of War was practiced as far back as the Tang Dynasty in the 8th century BCE to 5th century BCE.

Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty is recorded as promoting mass Tug of War games with ropes up to 167 meters in length. Teams consisted of as many as 500 people, with each team having their own set of drummers to cheer them. Tug of War type games were also popular in India as far back as the 12th century AD. There are also stories of Viking warriors, from Scandinavia and Germany, pulling animal skins over open pits of fire as an exercise to prepare them for battle. It is only from the 19th century onwards that the term Tug of War became used for athletic contests between two teams at the opposite ends of a rope.

Formal competition rules for Tug of War requires that there must be two teams of eight people each. Teams are classified into different weight classes that compete against each other. The rope used in formal competitions is usually around ten centimeters in circumference and marked with a center line. On either side, four meters from the center line, there is another marking on the rope. The pull starts with the center line directly above a line marked on the ground. The winning team is the team that pulls the other team’s marker over the marking line on the ground. A team will also win when the other team commits a foul such as one of the members falling or lowering  an elbow lower than the knee. Other possible fouls include touching the ground for an extended period or not keeping the rope underneath the arms. When used in team building or as a recreational activity, these rules will most likely be more loosely adhered to in keeping with the spirit of the activity.

There are many Tug of War clubs all over the world where men and women participate in this sport. It was part of the Olympic Games from 1900 to 1920 and is still contested in the World Games.  The Tug of War International Federation organizes biannual World Championships for nations to compete. These competitions take place indoors as well as outdoors.

Resources: Wikipedia.org

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Team Building for a Successful Workplace

The adage that a happy workplace is a busy workplace has been proven time and time again by some of the leading global companies, and innovative CEO’s have spent time and money ensuring that their employees are settled, relaxed and that they can relate well with their colleagues. A cohesive team that understands each other and is comfortable communicating and working alongside each other will be a much bigger asset to your business than a disgruntled group of individuals.

Team Building Activity
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Building a Team

There are countless examples from around the world of where a close, well-knit team can outperform expectations and succeed in their line of work, and this is due to the power of teamwork and morale. Sport is a perfect example of this, where teams can defy the odds and exceed expectations due to having a strong team ethic and working well together. The same is true in the workplace, as an enthusiastic, motivated, and cohesive team can excel in anything they do. This is why building a team out of a group of individuals can be more valuable than anything else.

A recruitment agency can help to find an employee that is suitably qualified to join a workforce, but they will not perform to their maximum potential in an uncooperative team environment. Studies have shown that money spent on team building, improving the ergonomics and aesthetics of the work environment, and creating a positive workplace is recouped numerous times over in productivity. Google are a perfect example of this, as they are renowned for striving to create a happy working environment for their employees, and for ensuring that staff members are well acquainted with each other; results of which are clear to see. Google even provide employees with futuristic napping stations where employees can lighten the load and rejuvenate themselves with a power nap.

There are numerous different team building activities which can be undertaken, all of which are designed to bring out range of qualities and skills in people, and these qualities can translate into many different situations. Understanding the concepts behind team building events is essential to getting the most out of the experience as it can be tailored to the needs of your company. Taking a selection of individual workers and turning them into a team is what will help to propel your business forward and make it run much more efficiently. The first step towards building a strong team is improving communication and trust, whilst eliminating conflict and misconceptions.

Communication, Communication, Communication

Putting together a team of bright, intelligent, and knowledgeable individuals is sometimes not enough to get a productive workplace, and one of the major issues that occur time and time again is a lack of communication between colleagues. In any organization, be it small or large, communication is vital for the smooth running of a company. A restaurant will not work well if the waiters are not communicating with the chefs, in the same way that an accountant’s office will fall short if one department does not communicate with another effectively.  Taking people out of the workplace and getting them involved in activities that rely on good communication to succeed will improve the situation tremendously.

Related: Communication Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Trust Building

One of the key components of team building is increasing the amount of trust that is held between workers. Although the activities carried out during training may be entirely unconnected to the workplace environment, the skills and lessons learned, and relationships formed during the process will have a positive effect on work. Increased trust between employees results in a greater amount of dependency which increases efficiency and productivity. Workplaces that have a lack of trust between employees are usually segregated and inefficient as this causes a barrier.

Related: Trust Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Conflict Resolution

It is not uncommon for workplaces containing a wide variety of people to end up with personal, professional and emotional disputes, and this is often due to a lack of understanding between people. Taking workers away from their normal environment and getting them involved in different team building exercises can work wonders for improving relationships. With the pressure of the office out of their minds, and diversely stimulating activities to complete, social barriers are often lifted, and this translates well when back in the office.


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Minute to Win It Team Building Exercises

Minute to Win It Team Building Exercises

Minute to Win It is a popular game show where contestants take part in a series of 60-second challenges using objects that are commonly available around the house.  Minute to Win It  is also a fun team building activity for the office.

Related: Types of Team Building Exercises

Here are some of the challenges that the contestants are faced with when they compete in the Minute to Win It show.

A Bit Dicey – The contestant must stack six dice on a Popsicle stick held in their mouth and balance them for three seconds.

Baby Rattle – The contestant must transfer 274 gumballs from one two-liter bottle to the other by shaking them. This must be done with each of the two bottles held in both hands.

Bite Me – The contestant must grab different sized paper bags, in order from largest to smallest, in their mouth and place them on a table without using any body part except the feet for balance. The size of the bags goes down by increments of 5.1 cm.

Blow Ball – The contestant must blow 73 red Ping-Pong balls off of a large pizza platter without knocking off the three yellow Ping-Pong balls scattered in the mess of red Ping-Pong balls.

Booby Trap – The contestant must bounce a ping pong ball in an attempt to knock a potato chip can leaning diagonally on a glass bottle down so the chip can falls, containing the bottle inside the can. This must be done three out of five times.

Bottoms Up – The contestant must use a yo-yo attached to their back to knock over four or six empty soda cans on pedestals.

Bulb Balance – The contestant must balance two eggs upright on light bulbs using only one or two unopened packets of salt to stabilize the eggs.

By a Thread – The contestant must use one hand to run a piece of thread through the eye of ten needles, each one with a smaller eye than the previous.

Caddy Stack – The contestant must stack three golf balls on the table. The stack must remain in place for three seconds in order for the contestant to complete the challenge.

CD Dominoes – The contestant must line up 20 CD cases around a shot glass (or red sticker) in a way that, when one is blown over (or lightly tapped), all of them fall and the final case in the series falls into a bucket located next to the contestant.

Chop Stack – Using a pair of chopsticks, the contestant must stack four lip balm containers on top of each other. The tower must stay standing for three seconds in order to count.

Cappuccino – The contestant must drop a coffee cup on its side to land it in an upright position and then bounce a ping pong ball into the cup.

Defying Gravity – The contestant must keep three balloons in the air for 60 seconds, using any part of their body. The contestant fails the challenge if any of the balloons touch the ground, pop, or the contestant goes outside the circular part of the stage, also known as the 60-Second Circle. Dental

Dizzy Mummy – The contestant must unroll a toilet paper roll by executing 360-degree spins. Their fists must be closed at all times. The contestant fails the challenge if the toilet paper rips.

Egg Dance – The contestant must carry two eggs on inverted plates across the stage from one set of platforms to the other. The contestant fails the challenge if either egg drops.

Egg Roll – The contestant must fan two or three raw eggs with a pizza box into a pre-determined zone on the other side of the stage. The contestant fails the challenge if an egg rolls off the circular part of the stage or the egg cracks.

Fish Head – The blindfolded contestant must place a lampshade attached to a fishing pole on their head, and it must stay for three seconds.

Flying Gumball Saucers – The contestant must slide an upside-down Frisbee to knock over an inverted soda can with a Gumball in an attempt to land the gumball in the Frisbee. This must be done 5 out of 20

Give it a Whirl – The contestant must spin and transport three marbles in an upside-down wine glass from one stool to a small bowl on the other.

Hangnails – The contestant must hang six nails concurrently on a taut string.

Hoop De Loop – The contestant must roll hula hoop across the stage so that they come to rest surrounding a full two-liter soda bottle. There are seven bottles, and they must surround three. They must remain there for three seconds.

Human Burrito – The contestant must roll in five bed sheets and then unwrap from them. Level: 1

Iron Board Man – The contestants must work together to guide a marble down a metal ironing board with its legs extended and into one of three middle holes.

Junk in the Trunk – With an empty tissue box attached to their waist, the contestant must shake eight ping pong balls out of the box without using their hands.

Just Hang On – The contestant must balance 4 wire coat hangers by the tips of their hooks on a 1 mm thick nylon string. All the hangers must remain for three seconds to count.

Keep it Up – The contestant must keep two feathers in the air using only their breath for 60 seconds. The contestant fails the challenge if the feathers touch the body or the ground, or if the contestant goes out of the stage.

Magic Carpet Ride – The contestant must sit on and move a bath mat using the inchworm technique to navigate around three obstacles and back to the finish line.

Maze Craze – The contestant must maneuver a marble on top of a board through a maze consisting of rubber bands stretched around screws. If a marble falls off the board, the contestant may use a new one.

Nice Build – The contestants must work together to create a three-tiered tower using 15 reams of paper.

Nimble Thimble – Player must bounce a marble into each of six thimbles.

Nose Dive – The player must transfer five or six cotton balls, one at a time from one serving bowl to another using only petroleum jelly on the nose.

Office Tennis – The contestants must rally a crumbled up piece of paper back and forth using clipboards to land it in a trash can across the stage.

Paper Dragon – The contestant must unroll two rolls of party streamers with only their hands and arms.

Pink Elephant – The contestant must swing their head around in an attempt to retract a forehead mounted Slinky.

Pop Top – 48 bottle caps are placed on a round table top, and, using a single thumb, the contestant must flick one of these caps into a cup in the center of the table.

Rapid Fire – The contestant must shoot rubber bands to knock a triangle stack of six cans totally off a platform.

Roll With It – The contestant must un-spool two rolls of toilet paper at the same time. If the roll breaks, they pick it back up. They must use one hand for each roll.

Spare Me – The contestant must drop marbles down a pool noodle to knock over ten upright markers from 16 feet (4.9 m) away.

Spoon Frog – The contestant must use spoons to catapult three other spoons into glasses.

Stack Attack – The contestant must stack 36 cups in a pyramid form and then deconstruct it by sliding the cups down diagonally, and stacking the resulting piles into one giant stack, as it started in.

Tear It Up – The contestant must shoot rubber bands at a hanging roll of toilet paper with an empty soda can attached to the end, so that the toilet paper rips and the can falls to the floor.

Tuna Roll – The contestant must roll tuna cans around a two-by-four wood piece to knock over four inverted 2-liter soda bottles placed in a 2×2 formation.

Uphill Battle – The contestant must keep three marbles on a slanted table for 60 seconds using a back of a spoon. The contestant fails the challenge if any of the marbles falls off the table.

Worm Diving – The contestant, using a moist Gummy Worm as “bait”, must fish a pretzel out of a fishbowl full of them, bring the pretzel to their mouth, and eat the pretzel without using their hands or dropping the pretzel.

Yank Me – The contestant must place four cups upside down on a table, each cup with an index card over it. They must then yank out the index cards so that the cups collapse into a four cup stack. If it falls over, it may be restacked.

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Rip It Team Building Ice Breaker

Ice breakers are valuable resources to promote interaction, creative thinking, challenge assumptions, illustrate new concepts or to introduce a team building activity. Team building ice breakers also help to gather groups together and move forward as a team.  The team building ice breaker that we will be introducing today deals with communication and is called ‘Rip It’.

Team Building Ice Breaker

To begin the ice breaker, each participant is given an A4 piece of paper.  The participants are instructed to hold the sheet of paper in front of them and close their eyes. They are then told that they have to follow the directions given to them without opening their eyes or asking questions.

The participants are then given the following directions which need to be carried out without opening their eyes:

  • Fold paper in half
  • Rip off upper right-hand corner
  • Fold paper in half again
  • Rip off upper left hand corner
  • Fold paper in half again
  • Rip off lower right hand corner

Team building participants are told to open their eyes and unfold the paper to see the results. Although all of the participants received the same instructions, the results are usually vastly different to each other and to the team building facilitator’s paper.

To encourage interaction and thinking, participants can be asked why the papers do not match despite the fact that everybody received the same instructions. Some responses that can be expected are that the instructions were not clear enough, or it is because they could not ask questions. This could also lead into a discussion on how the same set of instructions can be interpreted in different ways.

This ice breaker is an excellent lead into team building activities addressing two-way communication. Over the next few months, TBAE will be sharing some more team building ice breakers.


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