MINE FIELD – The leader must distribute “mines (a.k.a. balls),” which they place haphazardly around the area. This exercise gives coworkers a chance to work on their relationships and trust issues, which is why they are paired into teams of two. One team member will be blindfolded and cannot talk and the other can see and talk, but cannot enter the field or touch their blindfolded teammate. The challenge requires each blind-folded person to walk from one side of the field to the other, avoiding the mines by listening to the verbal instructions of their partners.

Focus: Cooperation, Team Effort, Strategizing as a Team, Trust

STRAW TOWER – Each participant is given a pack of straws and tape. It is absolutely necessary that they construct the tallest standing structure in just five minutes using only the given materials. After the five minutes and a review of the structures, a discussion can be done concerning: who planned out their structure, who ran out of time, and what could be done differently next time.

Focus: Cooperation, Team Effort Strategizing as a Team, Importance of planning and timing

SCAVENGER HUNT – Break the group into teams of two or more. Make a list of goofy tasks for each team to do as a group. Tasks can include taking a picture with a stranger, taking a picture of a building or object around the office, etc. Give the list to each team, along with a deadline by which they must complete all tasks. Whoever completes the most tasks the quickest, wins! (You can even create your own point system according to task difficulty if you want!)

Focus: Cooperation, Team Effort, Strategizing as a Team, resourcefulness

PERFECT SHAPES – Have your coworkers stand in a circle holding a piece of the rope. Then instruct everyone to put on their blindfold and set the rope on the floor. Have everyone take walk a short distance away from the circle. Next, ask everyone to come back and try to form shapes with the rope without removing their blindfolds. Set a time limit to make it more competitive. To make it even more difficult, instruct some team members to stay silent.

Focus: Cooperation, Team Effort, Strategizing as a Team, communication skills

BLIND DRAWING – Divide everyone into groups of two. Have the two individuals sitting back-to-back. Give one person the pen and paper and the other person the picture. The person with the picture describes the picture to their teammate without actually saying what it is. For example, if the image is a worm in an apple, do not say, “Draw an apple with a worm in it.” The person with the pen and paper draws what they think the picture depicts, based on the verbal description. Set a time limit for 10 – 15 minutes.

Focus: Cooperation, Team Effort, Strategizing as a Team, communication skills

MEMORY GAME – Divide everyone into groups. Groups take turns choosing two cards, placing them face up. If they are of the same number and color that group wins the pair and plays again. If the cards are not of the same number and color, the group returns the cards to the board face down and play passes to the next group. The game ends when a group picks the last pair. The winner is the group with the most pairs.

Focus: Leadership skills, Cooperation, Team Effort and Strategizing as a Team

FRIENDSHIP TIE – Divide everyone into groups. Each group will be tied together using a delicate string. Goal of the game is to reach the finish line without breaking the string. First group to cross the finish line wins.

Focus: Leadership skills, Cooperation, Communication and Strategizing as a Team