Team Building Games

Hi... I am in the process of putting together a team building event for 11 business people (adults) and thought I would ask you HUKDers for your thoughts and suggestions as to what games I could do on a tight budget...

Many thanks

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i have a game..... it all starts with car keys in a big bowl!

dont tell me that wouldnt go down well :lol:

how tight is this tight budget?

Oh... I HATE team building events... does anyone actually get anything out of these?? A day out of the office, I suppose.....

I have done this kind of thing a few times. One course i went on was for team buliding skills and reinforced the idea by contructing things out of random everyday bits and pieces. eg we had to build a support as tall as possible out of drinking straws that would support the weight of an egg. or build a vehicle that would carry an egg with a self contained propultion system using cotton reels, pencils. elastic bands etc. Hope you get the idea

goape.co.uk/Con…=88

maybe not for a tight budget but very good fun and rewarding

a long enough piece of rope............

The clarsic fall back and I'll catch you...

make a bridge from tin foil that is a certain height and will support a weight.

build something in teams etc etc

Agreed with other posters they are just a day out of the office and mean nothing, its because they are so cliche.

hodsey77;2538260

Oh... I HATE team building events... does anyone actually get anything … Oh... I HATE team building events... does anyone actually get anything out of these?? A day out of the office, I suppose.....



yeah I got a gold medal becuase our team won..... our last one was ace! and tecnically I dont even work for the company, we had human table football and various other events followed by a spit roast bbq.

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MinstrelMan;2538255

i have a game..... it all starts with car keys in a big bowl!dont tell me … i have a game..... it all starts with car keys in a big bowl!dont tell me that wouldnt go down well :lol:how tight is this tight budget?


lol... :-D... well as for budget, looking to run event myself, have a few ideas already but not wanting any outside company who charge thousands... just looking for some fun team games and to buy props required to run... thanx:thumbsup:

how about a quiz....... quizzes always go down well.

MinstrelMan;2538385

how about a quiz....... quizzes always go down well.



... or a treasure hunt? Or is that really naff? (Trying to think of cheap things, that involve working in teams, lol!)

Many moons ago, on a good old team building course, we did the following game which I then repeated back at work for the staff and they all seemed to enjoy it.

Make a grid on the floor with masking tape, as big or as small as you want (of if you want to cheat and make it smaller just try and get hold of a twister mat and use the colours) and then on a piece of paper (secretly) you make out a path through the grid as long and windy as you want but only go up, down, left and right, not diagonally. The team then has to find their way through helping each other but aren't allowed to talk. One by one they try and find the path and on each step you tell them if they are correct or not, if they are they can try another step, if wrong they go to the back of the queue and the next member of staff starts off. The object is to get each member of staff across the grid without talking (just a lot of pointing and grunting!!) and makes them work together as a team - corny I know - and also tests their memory, but it did work and like I said, everyone seemed to enjoy it. If you have more time and quite a few people, you can split them into two (or more) teams with different grids but same number of moves and time then to see who was the fastest and who work best together.

Hope the above instructions make sense!!

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thanks everyone.... found this which is literally on a shoestring!
teachmeteamwork.com/tea…pdf

these things are next to useless. only thing they do is give everyone a bit of time off work.

the best way to get a good bit of team building is get everyone to the pub or even a rstaurant for the afternoon. somewhere with a relaxed atmosphere were everyone loosens up and has a good time.

not some ridiculous activity were everyone stands in a circle, with props etc and tell the group something they didn't know about themselves.

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ants97;2538768

these things are next to useless. only thing they do is give everyone a … these things are next to useless. only thing they do is give everyone a bit of time off work.the best way to get a good bit of team building is get everyone to the pub or even a rstaurant for the afternoon. somewhere with a relaxed atmosphere were everyone loosens up and has a good time. not some ridiculous activity were everyone stands in a circle, with props etc and tell the group something they didn't know about themselves.


Building strong teams requires commitment and attitude. Negative attitude like yours unfortunately rubs off and creates a bad working atmosphere. (behaviour breeds behaviour)... the trick to fun and games is to link each activity back into the workplace and how working together acheives more than 1 person can on their own etc...:p

think;2540857

Building strong teams requires commitment and attitude. Negative attitude … Building strong teams requires commitment and attitude. Negative attitude like yours unfortunately rubs off and creates a bad working atmosphere. (behaviour breeds behaviour)... the trick to fun and games is to link each activity back into the workplace and how working together acheives more than 1 person can on their own etc...:p



lol straight from a textbook.

Its not a negative attitude its the real world. i've been on enough and even done a few of these to know they don't do anything to improve relations, group dynamics or performance in the workplace.

honestly the best result in building a strong focussed team or small workforce is taking them all out and having some fun. get them to a pub, bowling, go karting a good meal anywhere they can all let their hair down which means they'll bond and get to know each other etc a lot more naturally than being forced to do daft ice breaking exercises:p.

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ants97;2540996

lol straight from a textbook. Its not a negative attitude its the real … lol straight from a textbook. Its not a negative attitude its the real world. i've been on enough and even done a few of these to know they don't do anything to improve relations, group dynamics or performance in the workplace.honestly the best result in building a strong focussed team or small workforce is taking them all out and having some fun. get them to a pub, bowling, go karting a good meal anywhere they can all let their hair down which means they'll bond and get to know each other etc a lot more naturally than being forced to do daft ice breaking exercises:p.


yes I agree that businesses should promote outside activities such as going to the pub etc on a regular basis along with bosses thanking their people more often than not and I agree that a lot of 'team building' companies do not understand the importance of creating objectives from tasks into the work place to ensure a change of behaviour. I run training events that are fun, interactive, memorable and most importantly makes a positive change to peoples direction in their personal and business life.
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