7 Games for Team Building Your Team Members will Love

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when asked: “How do I strengthen the bond of my team”?

That’s right. Team-building games!

Unfortunately, as we grow older, we start to believe that games no longer have a part to play in our lives. (And those cliché trust fall games don’t help.) 

Here are 7 simple but effective game ideas for team-building, so that your team builds lasting bonds while still having fun. With these games, your team members are sure to learn important problem-solving, communication, and teamwork skills, which would be extremely beneficial for your company.

Team Building Game 1: Team T-Shirt Design Competition

Tshirt and Tote Bag Painting Kit

This game involves some creativity and art skill! Depending on the size of the team, form smaller groups of about 4-5 people. Then, you will have 30 minutes to conceptualise a design that encompasses your company or organisation’s identity – and paint it on a t-shirt! 

The kicker is that each person in the team must paint for 5 minutes before passing the brush on to the next person. This means that you can’t rely solely on your extra artistic colleague to help you win!  Once the time is up, each team will have to present and explain their design to a panel of judges. The judges can choose what criteria to judge the t-shirts on – creativity, wit, and more!

This game allows the team to think more deeply about their company or organisation’s mission, vision, and values. In addition, members have fun and get to be creative in an exciting atmosphere, while being tested on their ability to perform under pressure. 

But how will you get your hands on the necessary materials? No fear – Streaks n Strokes is here! Order DIY painting kits from their website which contain everything you’ll need for this fun team activity. 

You might even find someone in your team with hidden artistic talents!

Team Building Game 2: Mind Field’s blind mice

Team Building Game 2
Form 2-4 groups; no limit on number of members per group.

This game is played in a square area which consists of ‘+’ items and ‘-‘ items. (Tip: make the items as similar as possible so that it’d be more difficult to differentiate ‘+’ and ‘-‘ items. )

Each team will send out the ‘blind mice’ who will be blindfolded. The objective of the ‘blind mice is to retrieve as many ‘+’ items as possible. The objective of the other teammates is to guide their own ‘blind mice’ to collect the ‘+’ items while tricking the opponent’s’ ‘blind mice’ into picking up the wrong ones.

Each round shall last for 5mins, and the host should be creative in setting up the qualities of the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ item. For example, some ‘-‘ items can have the ability to steal points from the other team.

This game focuses on effective learning and communications. It is easy to be misguided by the wrong voice; thus it is up to the team members to brainstorm on ways to give clear instructions to their own teammates.

Team Building Game 4: Guess My Life

Guess My Life Team Building Game
This is one of my favourite team vs team game! Form up to 4 teams with 3 persons per team. Now this game is slightly complicated, but it’s a lot of fun! Your job is to show everyone both personas and only your teammates can act and talk to convince everyone else to choose the fake persona.

Step 1:  Each member in the team shall come up with 1 real and 1 fake persona and write them down on a paper and show everyone the 2 options

Step 2: the other 2 group members will try to convince everyone else why they should choose the fake option.

If the fake persona is chosen, your team gets 1 point. Vice versa, if the real one is chosen, you lose a point.

Each team has 1 chance to earn their points in each round during their turn.The team with the highest score wins! Here’s a clearer example on how the sequence should go:

  •        1st round: member #1 will show his options, #2 and #3 will perform
  •        2nd round: member #2 will show his options, #1 and #3 will perform
  •        3rd round: member #3 show his options, #1 and #2 will perform

Team members get to learn something new and interesting about everyone who’s playing the game. Make better discuss and make a better decision as a team player; it is important to coordinate to deliver a convincing act. Display their creativity and wittiness.

Team Building Game 5: Paired Up

Within the entire team, form pairs of individual whom you think are unfamiliar with one another before starting the game. The goal of the game is to foster deeper connection and friendship amongst the pair.  

The best part of the game is when they get to ask lots of questions during the first part of the game. Allocate a number, for example, #1 and #2. #1 will do the questioning and #2 will do the answering for the round.

After the Q&A round (5-10mins) the fire round begins; the will be answering questions asked by other pairs. Each pair is given 1 chance to question #1 and #2 each. Every time either #1 or #2 is able to answer, the pair earns a point, failure to answer results deducts 1 point.

It is always good to have a buddy in the team and the best way to start it off is through this game. In addition, it also improves the ability to question and answer, as the pairs have to work against time to find out as much as possible.

Team Building Game 6: Eggpocalypes

Eggpocalypes challenges the teams to make decisions together during the construction process and i can guarantee it to you that it’ll be fun!

The host shall split the group into teams of 4-5 members. Each team will be given a limited amount of each resource: newspaper, straws, wooden chopsticks, tape, and 1 raw egg.

The team shall work together to discuss and construct a layer of protection using the resources given to provide minimize the impact the raw egg receives. The goal is to survive the highest possible vertical drop. The discussion period shall last for 5mins before the construction period (10mins) starts.

At the end of the construction period, each team will challenge each other to see whose egg can survive the highest vertical drop. Develop problem solving and teamwork in an engaging and ‘eggciting’ manner. This activity is best played with larger groups thus making it an ‘eggcellent’ team building game!

Make sure to pick a proper spot to play this game! Unless you want a mess in your office.

Team Building Game 7: Reach or Dip

Reach or Dip Team Building Game
Remember when I said trust falls are cliché? This game is an extreme team version of trust fall with an objective and is best played in competitive mode.

Form teams of at least 6 people for this game as it is going to be difficult with anything less. The rule is very simple: Draw a circle and place an object in the middle of the circle. No one is allowed touch any area within the circle and no tools can be used as assistance to retrieve the object. (Tip for the host: the radius of the circle should be the average reach of a person.)

The only way to retrieve the object is to have the entire team hold the ‘retriever’ while the retriever stretch out to be the first one to get the object; the retriever should have his feet pivoted just outside the circle while receiving support by having the entire team hold onto one of his or her arm.

Objective: the main aim of this game is to bring everyone together for a common goal. It is difficult to win with little support. Thus displaying the importance of having one another for support.

Choo Wei Xiang