Team building activities and icebreakers are fun ways to start the process of building a strong team based on positive relationships. They can allow group members to get to know each other, practice different styles of communication, make group decisions, solve problems, work with people they wouldn’t ordinarily, test leadership skills, and laugh together. Energizers can help renew the group or release tension that may develop.
Some key points to keep in mind when planning team-building activities and icebreakers/energisers include:
Children need to feel part of the group. In order for children to have a positive experience and remain active in the group, they need to feel like they belong.
Establishing trusting relationships between children takes time and commitment. Have a variety of on-going opportunities for children to get to know each other and work together in different ways.
It helps to start out with less threatening activities. Touching each other (eg. holding hands, etc.) can be uncomfortable for some children. You might try out an activity where the children select their own partner or
use small groups, and advance from there.
Of course, children always have the right to pass.
Whether you're teaching a class, instructing a sports session, hosting a group, or holding a staff meeting, getting to know the others in the group can be either a struggle or very fun. Icebreakers are a great tool for getting individuals to learn about each other. They are ideal for breaking down barriers and nervousness as well as providing a positive atmosphere. The best time to use these activities is when the group first meet. By doing some of these simple tasks, you help your group develop trust and rapport, which in-turn will lead to more of a positive experience for the participant during the main activity.
Team building exercises, activities and games are a great method of bringing a group of individuals together in a fun, challenging and supportive environment. With use of team building activities, groups will learn to use problem-solving skills, identify strengths and weaknesses, improve communication and share ideas in order to complete some interesting challenges.
There is an amazing amount of flexibility in each task, with almost every challenge easily adaptable to suit groups of all ages. It does not necessarily matter whether your group completes the challenge, the key is in the facilitation of the task, ensuring that your group understands the principles and learning outcomes behind the exercises.Reasons for Team Building and Icebreakers include:
- Getting to know each other
- Improving communication
- Developing trust and respect for others
- Motivating a team
- Planning and setting action plans
- Helping participants to learn more about themselves (strengths and weaknesses)
- Identifying and utilising the strengths of team members
- Having an laugh
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Games Ice Breakers and Energisers HERE Conscience alley
A useful technique for exploring any kind of dilemma faced by a character, providing an opportunity to analyse a decisive moment in greater detail. The class forms two lines facing each other. One person (the teacher or a participant) takes the role of the protagonist and walks between the lines as each member of the group speaks their advice. It can be organised so that those on one side give opposing advice to those on the other. When the protagonist reaches the end of the alley, she makes her decision.
Pauly's Ice Breaker Game for Friday Night Youth 2 people must face back to back. A ball will be placed in between them. Hands must be on the head at all time. Both people must simultaneously move from point A to point B without dropping the ball. It is a race against other people. The first group that get's to point B with the ball still in between them wins. If the ball is dropped, you must restart. If the hands are not touching your head, you must restart. If you and your partner are not moving sideways, you must restart Cross The Swamp CrossFit Team Building Game ( Icebreakers Exercise: Human Knot
Standing in a circle, group members reach across and grab other participant’s hands. The group then tries to unravel the "human knot" by untangling themselves without letting go of each other’s hands.
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Link to a PDF with a list of Icebreakers, energisers and team games that can be adapted for various situations HERE Links s An excellent Australian resource site with a wide range of games for all types of groups and occassions Here Venture Team Building Another excellent site this time a UK site for all types of games with instructions etc Here UltimateCampResource Site; A US summer resource camp site with a very wide range of games for all Here