10 Refreshing Team Building Activities for Students
Hey students, we know how much you love playing games and we have just the team activities for you. So tie your shoe laces, put on your thinking hats, keep up the team spirit and get ready to have some fun.
What is team building?
Team building is the process of bringing individuals together for a common purpose to achieve set goals. It helps people understand each other?s strengths, challenges and interests. This helps in many ways as each member can work to their strengths and interests. Team building is about understanding, appreciating, developing and maximizing the potential of people in the team and also unifies the team. Once they connect with each other, they can communicate needs and wants freely and easily.
How do team building activities benefit students?
Team building can have immediate results and will also have a lasting effect. The skills developed during team building are important for individual and group development. While they work towards a common goal, they get a chance to interact with each other. By being an effective team member, students develop the following skills, namely communication, collaboration, problem solving, confidence, leadership, creative thinking, organization skills, motivation, innovation, responsibility, trust, goal orientation and they also learn to enjoy the process.
10 team building activities for students
Here are some fun-filled suggestions to facilitate learning:
1. Newspaper tower: Divide the students into teams and give each team building materials, such as newspaper, duct tape and string. Set a time limit for designing and building a tower. The team with the tallest free standing tower wins. This activity can be done with cups or any other building material. This exercise promotes planning, communication and collaboration. This is ideal for senior students.
2. Birthday line: This is a fun activity and barely takes 5-10 minutes depending on the age group. The objective of this game is to ensure the students line up in order of their birthdays i.e. 1st January to 31st December. For this game they will need to know the months of the year and each other?s birthdays. They will need to talk to one another to figure out who stands behind whom. To make it super challenging, they must do it without speaking at all and must only use hand signals.
3. Hula-Hoop pass: This works best with younger students. It helps to develop listening, coordinating and strategizing skills. Have the students stand in a circle and place a hula-hoop on one student?s arm and ask everyone to join arms. They have to pass the hoop all the way around the circle by maneuvering their bodies all the way through the hoop and then passing it on.
4. Pop the balloon:. Give each student a balloon and a piece of paper. Ask the students to write a get to know question on the piece of paper and put the question inside the balloon. Now blow up the balloon and tie the end. Next, ask them to gather around. Toss the balloons and wait until they each grab one. Now ask them to sit in a circle and pop their balloon. They can each read and answer their question. It is a great game to know more about each other.
5. Tell a tale: Get the students to sit in a circle. Mention the names of animals, places, things, birds or anything you wish to include on pieces of paper or use pictures of the same. Let the students pick a chit or a picture. Now begin the story and let each student continue the story incorporating the words denoted on the chit or through picture. This game helps students to get creative and to communicate as well. The difficulty level can be raised for older students.
6. Solve a mystery: Form teams and give each team clues to a different mystery. Each student in a team must be given a numbered clue which hints at solving the mystery. The team members must discuss and solve the clues. Mark the boundaries within which the game will take place. This develops the problem solving skill of the student and enhances effective communication.
7. Classify: Form teams and display around 20 to 25 things in front of the students. Decide on the standard list of categories. Teams must then classify these things under the specified categories on a piece of paper. This activity helps students to think outside the box.
8. Guess the word: Get a volunteer from the team to sit on a chair facing her or his back to the board. Write a word on the board. The team has to explain the word using meanings, synonyms, antonyms and so on. The student has to guess the word before the time runs out.
9. Take a side: Make four labels that read: Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree and Strongly Disagree. Place these labels in the four corners of the room. The teacher reads statements, such as ?Student should have more activities in class? or ?Each classroom should have a pet.? And students need to move to the corner of the classroom that supports their opinion. This helps students to find like-minded classmates.
10. Tug of War: Join 4 ropes together to form an X shape and tie a scarf at the center where the four ropes meet. Now form 4 teams. Draw a circle on the floor and ensure the scarf is within it. Signal the teams to begin. The teams need to ensure the scarf cross the circle in their direction. This game gives students a chance to join teams and compete. Have moderators to ensure everyone is safe.
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