When it comes to the holidays, a great team building exercise you can have your team partake in is to take one day to transform a conference room into Santa’s Workshop and make hand-made toys for children in need.
This is a team building exercise you can use to test your team member’s skills in time management, creative thinking, and brainstorming. Give each team member a limited budget and have them decide what he or she wants to make and determine what tools and materials are needed. Everyone gets up to four hours to make a toy. Following are two great ideas for hand-made toys.
Play dough is a different type of toy, but every child loves it and it’s easy to make. All you need is a hot plate and a pot, two cups of flour, two cups of warm water, two tablespoons of vegetable oil, one cup of salt, one tablespoon of cream of tartar, food coloring made with natural dyes, some scented oils, and small containers, like yogurt containers. Mix the ingredients together, and stir them over low heat. When the dough pulls away from the pot’s sides and starts to clump in the middle, take the pan off the hot plate and let the dough cool. You can then transfer your play dough to decorated containers with covers.
Make a child happy by making a dinosaur out of wood. You’ll need one-half inch plywood, wood glue, and nails, as well as a coping saw with a fine blade, sand paper, and hammer. Design your dinosaur on paper and then transfer the design to the plywood. Next, break down the dinosaur into its four legs and its head. You can sandwich together three pieces of plywood to make the head and fashion a horn. Cut out the parts and sand them well. Then, the assembly begins.
Decide where to attach your legs, put some glue on the legs, and then nail them in place. Use nails that are only slightly longer then the two pieces of plywood put together so you can sand off the points. Glue the head and horn together, and then nail the head onto the dinosaur.
These are just two ideas, but many more are available. When you are use this team building exercise, have team members brainstorm to come up with other toys to create. They might want to make light sabers, or broomstick horses, or sock dolls. Once they put on their creative thinking caps the ideas will keep coming.
A Team Building Exercise that Can Benefit Others
A team building exercise like this can often benefit others. When all of the work is done in your team’s holiday workshop, they can wrap the gifts and then see the joy on the children’s faces when they deliver them to local Boys and Girls Clubs, shelters, or other community organizations that need children’s toys for the holidays.