Team-building workshops are used to forge new bonds between co-workers, classmates or team members. Effective workshop activities typically encourage team members to establish a common goal and develop strategic or creative plans that include working together to accomplish a task. Other activities involve team members getting to know one another in ways they didn't before.
This name-learning icebreaker game introduces team members to one another in an engaging way; its rules dictate that everyone pay close attention and show a little personality.
Every team member stands in a circle. The first participant gives his name, preceded by an action that starts with the same letter. He performs the action at the same time. For example, Larry might say, "Leaping Larry," while jumping through the air. The next person in the circle must repeat the names and actions of every person before her and then add her own.
Two Truths and a Lie
This game helps team members get to know one another on a personal level. One team member at a time tells the group three things about himself, only two of which are true. It is up to the group to guess which of the "facts" is a lie.
The Human Knot
The human knot is a puzzle game that involves all group members at the same time. The members form a small circle, standing shoulder-to-shoulder. Each member reaches into the middle with her right hand and grabs the hand of the person across from her. They then reach in with their left hands and grab the hand of a different person. The group then has to devise a way to untangle this giant knot without anybody releasing his grip.
Traditional tug-of-war requires more strength than skill, but multi-way tug-of-war is primarily a strategic game. Four long ropes are tied to a large metal ring and held at 90-degree angles from one another. Four teams are tasked with pulling the center of the rope -- in this case, the metal ring -- over a finish line in front of them. The strategic element is in rotation; teams can rotate around the circle, introducing a 360-degree element to the game.