Game – Go Team Walking

About | This game requires everyone in the team to move from one point to another as a team. The catch is each member is handicapped and they will have to work together to reach the set destination.

Goal | Demonstrate that everyone has strengths and weaknesses and the way to success is by complimenting and supporting each other

Emphasis | Cooperation, Communication, Trust

Items | Blindfolds and ropes in 2 feet lengths (Get a large piece of dark coloured cloth and cut it into smaller pieces to make the blindfolds and ropes equivalent)

Size | 6 onwards

Setting | Go Outdoors

Time | About an hour

Instructions |

  1. Divide the group into teams of 5 to 12 people. If the group is small, make it just a team.
  2. Have each team line up in a single file at the starting point.
  3. Tell them that their mission is to walk to the set destination together as a team.
  4. However, they have to get into the following team setup: Bind one hand (at the wrist) of the 1st to the 2nd member’s. Then bind one leg (at the ankle) of the 2nd member with the 3rd’s. Next bind the 3rd member’s hand with the 4th’s and the 4th’s leg with the 5th and so on. Once they are done, blindfold the 1st and every other members in the team!
  5. Now that they are ready, let them start walking as a team to the set destination.
  6. You can create some obstacles along the path which you want the team to traverse or use the outdoor terrains and trees to add fun challenges to the walk.
  7. The first team that reaches the destination together first AND safely (no casualties or complaints) wins.
Debrief |
  1. How is the team setup similar to actual team characteristics and members’ strengths and weaknesses?
  2. Was the team walk easy or difficult? How was your individual experience?
  3. How did you manage to walk as a team to the set destination with the different handicap imposed on your team members? (Answer: cooperation, communication, tolerance)
  4. What are the important elements of communication in this activity, especially for those who were blindfolded? (Answer: clear instruction & need trust)
  5. What can you learn from this team walk which can be applied to actual team seating?

If there are any part of this instructions you want to clarify, leave me a comment.

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Game – Pass It On

About | This game involves passing water on paper plates over each others heads. Fast pace and exciting, but expect to get very wet!

Goal | Show team members that communication is a two way traffic and why trust is important to a team

Emphasis | Communication, Trust

Items |1 – One Pail and Bottle (about 1.5 liter volume). 2 – Disposable paper/plastic plates for each participants

Size | 6 onwards

Setting | Go Outdoors

Time | At least 30 minutes

Instructions |

  1. Divide the group into teams of 6 to 12 people. The more there are in a team, the more challenging it will be.
  2. Have each team line up in a single file from front to back all facing you.
  3. Once they are all in line, get everyone to squat or if they prefer, sit.
  4. Place the pails (fill up with water to about ¾ full) in front of the first person of each team.
  5. Place the empty bottle in front of the last person of each team.
  6. Everyone in the team is given a disposable plate.
  7. Participants are to transport the water down the line from the pail in front to the empty bottle behind by using the disposable plate.
  8. The water on the disposable plates must be passed over the participants’ heads.
  9. Participants must maintain their heads looking straight front without turning sideways during the water transfer.
  10. Let the participants know that they have 10 minutes to fill up the bottle to a level.
  11. Play until the bottle at the end of the line is filled to a predetermined level or stop once the time set is up.
  12. The first team that achieve the predetermined water level or has the highest water level wins.

Debrief |

  1. Was it easy to transfer the water to the person behind you without getting wet?
  2. What did you do to ensure that more water get into the plate instead of the head?
  3. What are the important elements of communication in this activity? (Answer: two-way & need trust)
  4. What did you learn about communication between team members?
  5. What did you learn on trust between team members in achieving the objective?

If there are any part of this instructions you want to clarify, leave me a comment.