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The Open Book
 
Objective
For group members to work together to create a profile of the group as a whole.
 
Group Size
2 or more
 
Materials
Paper
Pens or pencils
Colored markers
 
Description
    Have the group make a book about the team, but with no story. Assign each person a different element of the book. For instance, one person thinks of a title for the book that reflects the group; another person writes the synopsis for the back cover. Other parts may include cover art, dedication, acknowledgments, table of contents, chapter titles, illustrations, etc. You can have them work together or separately. When everyone is finished, have them share their part of the book and put it together.
 
Discussion Prompts
1. What does this "book" say about the group?
2. Did you learn anything about the group from doing this activity?
3.  If you could have a new title for a book about this group in a month or in a year, what would you hope the title would be?
 
(From the book More Team-Building Activities for Every Group)


Games to help people open up in a fun, non-threatening environment from the books Team-Building Activities for Every Group, and More Activities for Every Group.
The Game of Life
 
Objective
To explore how people are feeling as individuals and as a part of the group.
 
Group Size
1 or more
 
Materials
Large sheet of green paper
White paper
Colored markers
Scissors
 
Description
    On a large sheet of green paper, draw a simple football field in the middle as if it were in the middle of a stadium. Give each person a piece of white paper and ask them to think of the person at a football game who best represents them. You may be specific and ask them to think of the person they are most like in terms of their relationship with God, with their family, when at work, when on this team, etc. The person selected can be anyone from a player or referee to a fan, peanut man, blimp driver, usher, owner, etc. Each person should draw their character, cut it out, and glue it to the paper in relation to where they think it should be. After everyone is finished, have them explain why they chose what they chose.
 
Discussion Prompts
1. What did you learn about yourself while doing this activity?
2. What did you learn about the group or about other members of the group today?
3.  Do you like being the person you are in the game of life or is there     someone else you wish you could be? Why?
 
(From the book More Team-Building Activities for Every Group)


To You but from Who?
 
 
Objective
For group members to affirm one another in an indirect, fun manner.
 
Group Size
4 to 15 participants is ideal
 
Materials
1 envelope per person
Paper
Pens or pencils
 
Description
    Give each person an envelope, pen or pencil, and several small slips of paper. Ask everyone to put their name on an envelope and then pass their envelope to the person sitting next to them.
     Once you receive your neighbor's envelope, you write down an attribute that you admire about that person on a slip of paper. Add your name and then place the paper in the envelope. Continue passing the envelopes around until everyone has written down a comment for everyone else in the group.
    Once all of the envelopes are full, they should be passed to the leader. The leader then selects one of the envelopes and selects a comment to read out loud to that person, without reading the name of the person who wrote it. The person whom the comment was written about will then try to guess who wrote the comment, and if they guess correctly, they receive a point. The object is to be the one with the most points in the end.
    Go around the circle reading one comment from each envelope before starting over with the first person. Continue in this manner until all the comments are read from each person's envelope. After the game is finished, each person may collect their own envelope and keep it as a reminder of all their good qualities.
 
Discussion Prompts
1. How do you feel after hearing all those positive things about yourself?
2. Do you often hear positive things from others? How does this affect you? How does it affect the group?
3. Will you keep this envelope? Why or why not?
4. Why is it important for group members to affirm one another?
 
Variation
After everyone has written attributes down and filled the envelopes, redistribute the envelopes among the group members, so that each person takes turns reading a comment from the envelope that they have. This is simply a way to get everyone more involved in the process.
 
(From the book Team-Building Activities for Every Group)
 


Snowball Fight
 
 
Objective
For group members to share their thoughts and feelings with each other anonymously.
 
Group Size
8 or more is ideal
 
Materials
Paper
Pens or pencils
 
Description
    Give everyone a piece of paper and a pen or pencil. Ask them to write down something specific on this piece of paper that you want them to share but that may be difficult to share, such as:
    How you feel when with this group?
    How are you feeling right now?
    What do you do when you become really angry?
    What makes you feel really sad?
    What are the strengths and weaknesses of this group?
Make sure nobody puts his/her name on the papers because everything should be anonymous. Once everyone has finished writing, tell the group that they will be having a snowball fight and to crumple up their papers and, on the count of three, start throwing. After the snowball fight has gone on for a while, yell "stop," and ask each person to pick up one "snowball." Gather the group together and ask group members to take turns reading the paper that they ended up with to the group. You may discuss each response that is read or wait until all the papers have been read before having a discussion.
 
Discussion Prompts
1. What did you hear that surprised you?
2. How do you feel about what people shared today?
3. How did you feel about the way you shared your feelings?
4. Does anyone want to comment on or add to what was said?
 
(From the book Team-Building Activities for Every Group)

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