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Indoor Team Building Activities

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

Your team or class will enjoy these indoor team building activities. Multiple activities are offered to encourage team communication and cooperation in small and large groups.

Team Building Activities Inside

Wouldn't it be great if you could pack up your team or students and march them straight out into the great open spaces of nature, to participate in team-building activities? Unfortunately, that isn't always possible. Indoor team building activities can be just as fun and just as team-bonding as outdoor activities.

The activities offered here are designed for students and teams from their early teenage years and beyond. They can all be conducted inside with small space requirements.

The Floor is Lava

Team members will need to work together to get safely across a room.

Materials

  • Chairs

Instructions

  • Divide your team into four even groups.
  • Line up your teams on one side of a large room.
  • Give each team a stack of chairs totaling one less chair than members of the team.
  • Tell the teams that they will need to get across the room and back without any of their team members touching the floor.
  • You can conduct the activity in multiple ways, such as:
    • Instruct all the teams to race at once
    • Allow teams to race one at a time (with others watching)
    • Allow teams to race in isolation
  • After one round of races, give the teams a few minutes to discuss their results and brainstorm about better ways to accomplish the task.
  • Race again.

Alternative

  • If chairs are not available (or a concern for safety reasons), use squares of cardboard instead. Remember, each team must have one less platform than there are members of the team.

Scavenger Hunt Charades

This activity will have your team members running all over the office or classroom.

Materials

  • Sets of cards identifying typical items found in the workspace (1 card per person in a group).
    • You will need to make sure that there are at least enough materials for each team to complete their hunt.
  • Items place around the workspace matching the cards.

Instructions

  • Divide your team into groups of 4 or 5.
  • Explain the rules:
    • Players will rotate between card reader and scavenger.
    • The card reader must use charade movements to let the others know what item needs to be found (no talking).
    • Once an item is returned, the card reader must put the card at the back of the stack even if the wrong item has been returned.
    • After an item is returned, the cards must be passed to another member of the group.
    • When all the cards have been reviewed once, then, if time remains, corrections can be attempted.
  • Set a time limit for the scavenger hunt.
  • The group with the most correct finds wins.

Spell It

This activity will have your team members guessing letters and spelling words.

Materials

  • Yellow index cards (or paper)
  • Blue index cards (or paper)
    • It is permissible to use any two different color cards.

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