Games to Build Teamwork & Cooperation

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Team-building games come in all shapes and sizes.
Team-building games come in all shapes and sizes. (Image: game image by Alexander Afonin from Fotolia.com)

Teamwork and cooperation games help groups increase communication and problem-solving skills. They also build confidence and trust. To increase the impact of each game, discuss it with participants after it is over. As it says on the website Wilderdom, “an important part of team-building exercises is participants' reflection and discussion about the activity, how they approached the situation, and possible points of learning.” If you have a large group, divide members into smaller teams that can cooperate and communicate more easily.

Pipeline

This team building game builds problem-solving and communication skills among teens and adults in groups of six to 12 people. To play the game, you need a 10- to 12-inch section of gutter or half-pipe for each person, a small ball (marble or golf ball), a coffee can, and a piece of colored tape. Use the tape to make a line on the ground on one side of the room and put the coffee can on the ground on the opposite side of the room. Gather all participants behind the tape line and give every participant a section of pipe. The object is to roll the ball through the pipes from the starting point to the coffee can without touching the ball or letting it touch the ground. Once a person has rolled the ball through his section of pipe, he cannot interact again with the ball until everyone else has participated. To add an extra challenge, put furniture and other objects between the starting and end points.

Human Knot

This game works best with groups of five to10 people. Each must have a minimum level of flexibility and physical ability. No supplies are needed. Participants should stand in a circle shoulder to shoulder. Ask everyone to put both their hands in the center of the circle and grab two other hands. They should not grab both hands of the same person and should not grab the hands of the people directly beside them. Without anyone letting go of the hands they are holding, the group needs to untie the knot by climbing over and under all the hands in the center. When completed, you will have one large circle of people holding hands.

Sculpture

In this game, groups of three to 10 people will use all members to create sculptures or famous scenes. group. Examples include a car, a bowl of cereal and the Eiffel Tower. To add urgency, give groups only one minute to create their sculpture. Take photos of each sculpture so all the team's members can see their work.

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