Create Your Own Team
exercise best presented
late in a program
Divide a larger
group into smaller groups of 4 to 5
Give groups ~15-20
minutes to come up with a challenging small group activity.
The catch: The
activity should be one that the group believes it can do better
than any other group!
Then all groups
come together and take turns to present their activity.
Groups earn points
Be warned: This is harder than it sounds - requires all elements of team
work including creativity,
communication, trust, problem-solving, time management, etc.
To help groups
succeed, the facilitator checks in with the progress during planning. Help with
ideas or problem-solving strategies if the group is struggling.
out-of-the-box thinking e.g., singing, dancing, joke-telling, non-verbal, as well as
physical or mental-type challenges.
Avoid using this
activity to get out of designing an activity yourself!
Involves small groups in designing and presenting a new group activity.
A challenging exercise
which requires all the elements of teamwork - communication, goal-setting,
planning, cooperation, creativity, task orientation, etc.
necessary, but tossing in a few objects could make for interesting
Total ~60 minutes
~5 minute briefing
~15-20 minutes planning,
minutes doing activities &
~10 minutes discussion