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Best Team Games To Encourage Team Building

December 19, 2017 by The Fun Empire Team

Team Games

Many of us have the mindset that team games need to be of a long duration just so everyone has sufficient time to get bonded. However, this is not the case. The quality of a team game is not measured by the time taken to complete the activity. Rather, it is instead determined by the level of interactivity and participation it brings to your team.

At this point, you may have a better understanding of what makes an activity effective. But, you are currently still confused about where to start looking for short and constructive team building activities. Hence, to help you out, we have curated this list of 15-minute team building games to help break the ice!

Should you be interested in longer and more diverse team building activities, you can check out 62 Unique and Fun Team Building Games in Singapore For 2021

Best Team Games To Encourage Team Building

1. Two Truths, One Lie

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Knowing your employees well is the first step towards building an efficient and effective organization. Think about it. Once you know each of their individual working style, strengths and weaknesses, you can better leverage on allocating tasks that are able to complement them. So, what better way to get to know more about one another by playing a game of Two Truths, One Lie. Have everyone sit in a circle and think of 2 truths and 1 lie. In turns, get each player to say all three statements while the rest of the players guess which one is the lie. If that's not competitive enough for you, you can also include a point system to see who is able to guess the most amount of lies. Another suggestion is to break into smaller groups if there are too many players to facilitate the game more quickly!

2. Blind Shapes

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Are you looking for a team building activity that emphasizes your leadership, teamwork, and communication skills? Try out Blind Shapes. This team building activity involves trying to form a shape while being blindfolded. Firstly, the group has to elect a “leader” who will then be given a shape. Next, the rest of the participants will be blindfolded. The leader now has to face the uphill task of coordinating and giving instructions to everyone to form that specific shape. Feel free to add an element of time pressure to increase the difficulty if required!

3. Save the Ship

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Improve your teamwork skills by building your very own "Titanic"! In this team building activity, provide your employees with materials to build a boat, such as aluminum foil, straws, plasticine, and whatever else you think appropriate. Split them into groups and ensure that each group has an equal amount of materials. Get each group to build a ship that they think can hold as much weight as possible. Once all groups are ready, place the ships into a tub of water, and fill each ship with as many marbles as possible, before it sinks. The group whose ship managed to hold the most number of marbles before sinking wins!

4. Who Am I?

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Have you ever wanted to step into the shoes of another person. It could be a famous person, a historically important person, or even your own colleague. Well then, get ready your pen, notecards and masking tape because with this team building activity, you can do so! Start by having your employees write down the name of someone from these three categories. After that, get them to swap cards without looking at them and tape them to their heads. The game officially begins now as each player attempts to guess their character by asking "Yes" or "No" questions. A simple example of such a question can be "Are you male?". And this game ends once someone manages to guess their character correctly. In short, you can be sure that this activity will bring you ample amounts of enjoyment!

5. String Drawings

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This game is simple to set up, but difficult to achieve its goal. All you will need are markers, lots of string (twine is recommended!), and mah-jong paper. Tie one length of string around a marker per person taking part in this activity. Each person then grabs the end of one string tied to the marker, and the whole group will then have to draw a sad picture of choice onto the mah-jong paper. Let your creativity loose!

Team Games

In conclusion, these are just some examples of short and fun games you can play with your colleagues. However, there are also options for longer team building activities as well. If you're interested, you can check out the links below 🙂

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