One of the best ways to pull your team together is to use team building hands on activities. These activities can be both fun and informative, and they can foster better relations among team members.
Tower of Cards
This activity requires only a pack of cards and some scissors. Break your team into smaller groups and give a pack of cards and a scissors to each group. Have each group build the tallest poker tower that they can using only the cards and scissors that you gave them. This is one of the team building hands on activities that stimulates creativity and allows the team to bond as they figure out how best to build the tower.
Rescue the Egg
This is one of the messier team building hands on activities, but it is well worth the trouble. Split your team into smaller teams and task them with building a package that will protect an egg from a two- to four-story fall. Provide each team with various tools, such as newspapers, tape, plastic, straws, rubber bands, sponges and balloons. Allow the teams a half-hour to an hour to build their package. When the packages are complete, each team drops their package enclosing the egg from the second story (or whichever story you decide to use) while the other teams watch from below. You can drop the egg from higher and higher heights until only one team succeeds.
Mastering the Mine Field
This activity is meant to improve trust with a team, as well as communication. Provide an open space for your team and place objects that you refer to as mines haphazardly around the space. For the mines you can use plastic bottles, cones, balls, small boxes. Break your team down into groups of two. Blindfold one of the team members, while allowing the other team member to see and talk. That team member, however, is not allowed to enter the field of mines or touch the blind-folded team member. The goal of the activity is for the blind-folded team member to walk form one side of the mine field to the other, without running into any mines, using only the verbal cues from the other team member.
Ready, Set, Draw
This is one of the team building hands on activities that can easily be done. Break your team into two groups and give each group paper, pen and whiteboard. Come up with items that fit into particular categories such as places, food, activities. Each team will choose an artist from their team, the person who will choose the list of items that he or she will draw. The only hint the artist can give the other team members is the category to which the items belong. The artist then has one to three minutes to draw those items from the list – without writing or speaking. The facilitator will keep track of how many items the team members guess correctly. When the time limit expires, switch to the other team. Change the artist for each round, and repeat the process for four to five rounds. Calculate the final result to determine which team wins.
Select Team Building Hands On Activities that Will Close the Gaps
When you are choosing team building hands on activities, be selective. Assess your team’s strengths and weaknesses to determine which activities will best serve it. While these activities will benefit the group, they will also provide some time for pleasant interaction and a bit of fun.