Get your team members involved in some team building fun by building cars for kids in shelters, at recreation centers, or in different community organizations and clubs. Wooden cars can be made by hand using simple parts and tools. Provide your team with a space they can turn into a workshop for a morning or afternoon, and let team building fun begin.
The first step of this team building fun is to design the cars. Once team members draw a simple car design, they will transfer the drawing to wood and cut out the car using a hand-held jigsaw. After they sand the car bodies, they will then drill holes in the car bodies that they can put the axles through. Make sure they design the cars keeping the car body inside the wheels so the wheels will take the brunt of the hit if the car runs into a wall or some other barrier.
Assembling the Cars
Assembling the car is the second step to this team building fun. Team members will need some parts for this step, including locknuts, spacers, 5/16 inch bolts, and sets of wheels with bearings. Old suitcase wheels or wheels from inline skates are perfect, but you can also purchase wheels at a local craft shop.
Once they have their wheels, team members will push the bolts through the wheel, the spacer, the body of the car, one more spacer, and then one more wheel, capping it off with a lock nut. After two sets of wheels are placed on the car, the car is ready to go for a roll.
Decorating the Cars
Now that the cars assembled, the team building fun really begins. Provide the team members with paints and paintbrushes, decals, stickers, and any other items they might be able to use to decorate their cars. Think out of the box. Buttons or other objects can be glued to the car’s body after the paint has been applied. After the cars have been painted and decorated, have team members put a light coat of Shellac on each car to seal it.
Taking the Team Building Fun to the Community
The time has now come to take the team building fun to the community. When all of the cars are finished, have the team members put them in one big “parking lot” so that they can admire each other’s work. Then pack the fleet of cars in boxes and deliver them to the community organizations in need of toys for kids.