team building games

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision and the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” –Andrew Carnegie

In the world of cut-throat competition, the organizations realize that success depends on the human resources behind it. Therefore every working team counts for the contribution to the company’s growth. When we know where the power lies, it is essential to strengthen and build the team to be more efficient, productive, and creative. But the question is, how do we do that in the hectic work schedule? To answer that, the old proverb, ‘sharpen the ax for hours before you cut the tree,’ suits it the best. Likewise, if we want to see the team working in harmony and with focus, we need to bring them together and teach them the importance of a team. In this blog, we have selected 45 virtual and corporate team building games for making the teams more efficient.

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What are the Benefits of Team Building Games?

A team is full of imperfect people striving to achieve perfect goals. This demands many qualities which can be built gradually in time. The experts say that team building games are the best ways to ignite a sense of unity and common motive. You can opt for collective online games or interactive virtual games. Here are some benefits of team building games and activities: 

  • Increases Motivation
  • Builds Team Strategy  
  • Positive Reinforcement
  • Improves Productivity
  • Increased Collaboration
  • Connect Remote Teams
  • Team Planning
  • Encourages Critical Thinking
  • Encourages Creativity
  • Improve Communication Skill

Virtual Team Building Games

Since the concept of work from home has crept in, we are feeling the teams are losing the bond. However, some amazing video call games will help the remote teams build a relationship with one another. Enjoy the following distance team building games assuming you have good work from home internet packs.   

1. Guess the Fact Game

Duration:

15-20 minutes

No. of Participants:

2 members +

How to Play?

The manager or the HR can ask each participant to share some interesting personal facts. All the facts can be compiled in one document. The organizer can share the screen, and all the members have to guess which personal fact belong to which participant. The virtual game room could burst out in laughter when the facts are funny and silly. This is a great icebreaker team activity to make the teammates familiar.

2. Picture Sharing Challenge

Duration:

30-45 minutes

No. of Participants:

3 members +

How to Play?

The game organizer can ask the participants to be ready with their phones. Everyone would be asked to share one photo from their gallery. It could be any photograph unrelated to work, it could be of hobby, family, pets, and you, the members, can bring up more funny and exciting photographs. Further, everyone has to explain what is happening in the picture.  It will make the participants bond immediately.  

3. Story Building

Duration:

30-45 minutes

No. of Participants:

5-15 members

How to Play?

The organizer can start the story building game with an incomplete sentence, and one by one, the participants have to add to the sentence. For instance, HR starts with the sentence, “There was a young boy in New York, and he broke up with his girlfriend because…” The organizer can call out the names of the members one by one.  Now a member has to continue the story, adding more elements to it. When it reaches the last member, the story becomes so much fun, and everyone would enjoy the game thoroughly. This is one of the best team building games which enhance effective communication and listening skills.

4. Future Peek

Duration:

15-20 minutes

No. of Participants:

5-8 members

How to Play?

The organizer can share the e-newspaper to the members and ask them to highlight five headlines related to the corporate world. It could be anything related to the type of company you work for or any policy which might affect your company. All the participants can now share their views on how they see the company’s future in that particular situation. It helps the team understand everyone’s priorities and commitment, which enjoying team building games.  

5. Never Have I Ever

Duration:  

30-45 minutes 

No. of Participants:

5-10 members

How to Play?

The organizer will ask the team members some fun quick questions one by one, and they have to answer as yes or no. The question will be formulated like “Never have I ever called in sick but wasn’t” or “Never have I ever pulled a push door” The list will go on. The organizer can decide the number of questions but make sure that it is a rapid question. Keep the point reward and penalty for quick and last answers.

6. Rock Paper Scissor

Duration:

20-30 minutes

No. of Participants:

10-25 members

How to Play?

The evergreen Rock Paper Scissor game can be played virtually as well. The closed fist represents rock, two fingers sticking out as victory is a scissor, and the open palm is paper. The HR can call out two names and play the game by simultaneously showing any one of the three hand gestures. Rock beats scissor, and scissor cuts the paper, and paper covers the rock. The winner can play with any other participant HR calls out.

7. Peek into the House

Duration:

30-45 minutes

No. of Participants:

5-10 members

How to Play?

The HR or the organizer can ask the team members to show something at their house, be it possessed gadget, extraordinary items, and a favorite spot in the home or more. It can add conversations about the products or house spots or anything the participants show. It will be an interactive and enjoyable game session.

8. Desert Island

Duration:

15-30 minutes

No. of Participants:

14-20 members

How to Play?

The organizer can give the situation that you are stuck on a deserted island, and there are only three items you can grab. Then give the list of seven or ten obscure products like fishing rope, pencil, knife, vegetable seeds, or anything else, and the participants need to pick only the three most essential items. Divide the members into two groups; send both the groups in a breakthrough room for discussion. The members can discuss with the team on the essential items and finally come to the common conclusion.  The team faces challenges together and involves collective critical thinking, which boosts the team spirit.

9. Bucket List

Duration:

30-50 minutes

No. of Participants:

15-20 members

How to Play?

The organizer will ask each member about the things they wish to do in the lifetime. The list could be limited to 5 or 10 things. You can also ask the participants not to repeat the mentioned items. Knowing and discussing the bucket list can be a very engaging and fun discussion. This team building activity will help you learn about the personalities and aspirations of team members.

10. Show and Tell

Duration:

40-50 minutes

No. of Participants:

15-20 members

How to Play?

The members will be given one minute to show an item and talk about it. The participants can grab any item around their laptops or any tangible product. The organizer should keep track of time. It could be funny and yet informative about teammates. This team building activity will boost team strength and trust.

11. Dream Vacation

Duration:

30-40 minutes

No. of Participants:

10-20 members

How to Play?

The organizer can individually ask the participants to share the idea of their dream vacation. The other members can ask funny questions to the speaker as well. Keep track of the time. This game will tell a lot about the wishes of each team member. 

Corporate Team Building Games

The employees become a great team when they know about each other and bring out the best. Team building games in the office is one excellent way to work on mutual growth. It teaches the team members to communicate and work on the project with collective focus. It would be great to organize these games for the occasion like New Year party or company anniversaries.

12. Blind Drawing

The outcome is fun to see and depict whether two members can effectively communicate, imagine, and innovate in each other’s company.

Duration:

10-15 minutes

No. of Participants:

2 members

How to Play?

The organizer divides the team into two groups. There would be two members representing each group. The two would come forward and sit back to back. One of the players will be given a chit with an image or word. Now the other player is blindfolded and attempts to draw the picture by the first player’s indirect instruction.  The result is always funny yet exciting.

13. Human Knot

Duration:

5-10 minutes

No. of Participants:

6-8 members

How to Play?

The six members need to stand in a circle. Each person needs to lift the left hand and join the first hand you meet at the center, then raise the right hand and do the same.  Make sure each one is holding different hands. Now the fun starts, without releasing the hands, try to untie the knot. The members need to figure out how to come back to circle.

14. Advocate

Duration:

20-30 minutes

No. of Participants:

15-20 members

How to Play?

The fun and rapid question are very tricky and exciting. The organizer is called the advocate who stands at the center, and the participants sit in a circle around. She would be asking rapid questions, but the trick is the one who is asked the question should not answer, but the person on the right will reply. Also, the reply should be completely disconnected from the question itself. For example, the advocate asks, looking at a person, “What did you have in lunch?” the person on the right has to reply immediately but cannot answer the question rather say something like, “My favorite color is blue.” The one who misses paying attention is out. It is one of the best corporate team building games which helps you to grow on listening skills.

15. Barter Puzzle

Duration:

20-30 minutes

No. of Participants:

Groups of 5 members

How to Play?

The participants can be divided into small groups of five. Each group is given a jigsaw puzzle to solve in a stipulated time.  Later inform them that few pieces are with other groups. The hassle and the speed to quickly solve the puzzle are the most fun part, but one cannot hide the other team’s puzzle pieces.

16. Frost Bite

Duration:

40-50 minutes

No. of Participants:

Groups of 5-6 members

How to Play?

Each group of five to six members should elect a leader. The situation is that they are in the Arctic Circle, and they need to build a shelter for their survival. The leader is frostbite and cannot move from his place. All the team members are blindfolded. Now the leader can only direct the members on building a shelter while the members have to follow the leader’s instruction. These team building games will engage the team members to achieve a tangible goal collectively. 

17. Perfect Square

Duration:

10-15 minutes

No. of Participants:

6- 10 members

How to Play?

All the members should form a circle, and their eyes should be blindfolded. Then give them the rope when they are still in a circle. The team has to make the perfect square using the rope and every member holding the rope. When the group is satisfied with the square, then they need to keep it on the floor. The team that makes the perfect square wins the game. It is one of the best team building activities that increase trust and dependence on teammates.

18. Word Travel

Duration:

20-30 minutes

No. of Participants:

15-20 members

How to Play?

The organizer can start the game by giving the word to a participant, and they have to say any other word connected to the given word. The rule is that one cannot repeat the word or say unrelated words else they will be out of the game. For example, if the organizer gave the word “water,” then one participant has to say another word which is somehow related to it like “liquid” or “H2O” or “blue.”  Later, the next participant has to pick any other word associated with the last spoken word. This is a great way to bring new teammates and get acquainted with the team members and know their knowledge as well.

19. Chinese Whisper

Duration:

20-25 minutes

No. of Participants:

5 members or more

How to Play?

The participants can form a circle and sit. The organizer will whisper a complex sentence or idiom in the ears of one of the participants. Now the whispering starts. One has to hear the sentence carefully to say the same in the person’s ears next to them. Till the time the sentence reaches the last person, it is generally deformed and lost in its meaning. It is funny to compare the sentence uttered to the first person and the sentence which reached to the last person. 

20. Find the Item

Duration:

15-20 minutes

No. of Participants:

20-15 members

How to Play?

The participants need to be near their desks, and they could be divided into groups according to their seating arrangement. The organizer will list obscure objects that could be found in the office or personal belongings. The objects can be red hair clips, wedding ring, board pin, foreign currency, and the list. The group with the correct items will win the game.

21. Common Thread

Duration:

20-30 minutes

No. of Participants:

Groups of 5 or 6 members

How to Play?

The organizer will divide the participants into small groups of five or six. You can make the office corridor as the running track with the finishing line in the end. The small groups will face outwards and form a circle, and then the organizer will tire the group using a rope. Now the team has to reach the finishing line quicker. The groups can take some time to strategize for winning.

22. Hear Me Out

Duration:

15-20 minutes

No. of Participants:

5 members or more

How to Play?

The organizer will make the participants sit in the distance and distribute a blank paper and a pen. Then read out a meaning paragraph with unrelated jargon in it. The participants need to hear the passage carefully and write down whatever they understood. The organizer can bring out a funny passage to make the environment lively.

Indoor Team Building Games

The best way to engage the employees in the quick team building activities is by organizing indoor games. The duration of the games may vary from 15 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on the participants. Here are some interesting indoor team building games for employees.

23. Room Escape Challenge

Duration:

60 minutes

No. of Participants:

Groups of 5 members

How to Play?

The office room could be converted into any game theme like prison or horror. The group has to cross multiple hurdles to escape the room finally. The group should collectively solve the problems like a jigsaw puzzle, numeric puzzle, maths questions, science problem, or any other hurdles to cross every level. The team who escapes the room in less time will be the winner.

24. Egg Drop Challenge

Duration:

45-60 minutes

No. of Participants:

Groups of 5 members

How to Play?

The participants need to be divided into small groups. Every team has to strategize on building the structure with egg in between. The aim is to drop the structure holding the egg without breaking it. The group show is seated far from one another. They will be given one hour to build it and stand in line to test the structure. The groups will be marked on the time and durability of the design. 

25. Build a Tower

Duration:

20-30 minutes

No. of Participants:

Groups of 5 or 6 members

How to Play?

The organizer will give divide the participants into small groups of five to six members. The members will get tape and paper to build a paper tower. The groups will challenge each other by building the highest tower. The organizer will declare the winner who builds the tallest and stable paper tower.

26. Made Up Story

Duration:

40-50 minutes

No. of Participants:

4 members and more

How to Play?

The organizer will divide the participants into two teams. Make the teams sit in one big circle and remember where each member belongs. Every member needs to say some facts about themselves, which could be true or false, and the members need to guess if it is correct or wrong. The organizer needs to the right down the points. The team with more points will win.

27. Photo Shoot

Duration:

20-30 minutes

No. of Participants:

Group of 4-5 members

How to Play?

The organizer will divide the participants in a small group of 4-5 members. Now each team will get a list of items and situations they need to capture in the given time. The list might contain green tea, red ribbon, coffee beans, and more. The team which quickly captures the images will be declared the winner.  Show your creative photography skills while playing one of the best team building games.

28. What’s My Name?

Duration:

30 minutes or longer

No. of Participants:

10-15 members

How to Play?

The organizer will make the participants stand in a row and stick a note carrying a celebrity’s name on the back. The participants are then mingled among themselves, and they could as the yes or no question to other participants. For example, if a note carries the name “Kareena Kapoor,” the participant can ask, “Is she the Bollywood celebrity?” Likewise, the game goes on, and the one who first figures out the name at their back will come out of the room.

29. What’s on Your Desk?

Duration:

40-50 minutes

No. of Participants:

Group of 5 members

How to Play?

The team needs to pick one item from the desk and bring it on a common table. As a team, decide which desk item will be your product. Now each member needs to work together to launch the product from scratch. Create a logo for the product, plan for its manufacturing and marketing. The team needs to brainstorm on how to make the launch a success. The team with the best innovative ideas will win.

30. Three Truth and A Lie

Duration:

20-30 minutes

No. of Participants:

Group of 5 or more

How to Play?

The team will sit together, and one will say three truths and one lie about themselves. The other members need to figure out which is a lie. The member can also vote to conclude. The cone who lied and didn’t get caught wins the game.

31. Mirror! Mirror!

Duration:  

15-20 minutes

No. of Participants:

Members in pair

How to Play?

To play this game, the organizer will group the members in pairs. When the time starts, one member will act, and the other person will act as a mirror reflection. Two members can be called up next, and it can go on. It is fun to watch and enjoyable to take part in it. It does not require a score count, but everyone will enjoy it.

32. Salt and Pepper

Duration:

20-30 minutes

No. of Participants:

15-10 members

How to Play?

This game is similar to what’s my name, but it contains the names of animate or inanimate objects. The participants need to stand in a row, and the organizer will stick a note on everyone’s back. The note will contain objects like fish, ball, cat, pen, or any other item. One can ask other participants about the item in their back with simple yes or no question. Whoever finds out the name in their back they will leave the room.

33. We are Classified  

Duration:

15-20 minutes

No. of Participants:

Group of 10 members

How to Play?

To play the game, the participant has to share five likes and dislikes. The group will be further classified based on their likes and dislikes. For example, dog loves, cat haters, swimming lovers, tea lovers, coffee haters, etc. These subgroups can now see the everyday things between the team members.

Outdoor Fun Team Building Games

Do you remember the school picnics and the excitement to go for a day out with your schoolmates? The employees will experience the same butterfly in the stomach in the name of going out with colleagues or a fun trip or outdoor activity. The fun-filled outdoor team building activities are listed below.

34. Scavenger Hunt

Duration:

50-60 minutes

No. of Participants:

10 members or more 

How to Play?

The organizer will prepare a list of products that the participants need to collect without buying. Choose the open area where there are people around. The members can show an act of kindness to strangers to gain the object from them. It is a fun activity which can engage the members and

35. Minefield

Duration:

15-20 minutes

No. of Participants:

8-10 members

How to Play?

The participants are divided into small groups. The organizer will then find a wide and open space and place some objects on the group calling it ‘mines.’ Each group will send one blindfolded member to cross the track without stepping on the mine. The rule is that the member on the track cannot speak while their teams can only give verbal direction.

36. Geocache Adventure

Duration:

1-2 hours

No. of Participants:

10-20 members

How to Play?

The game has to set up outdoors where there are lots of trees and the scope of trekking. The members are divided into two groups to face the challenges of geocache adventure. The organizer will give the maps to both the groups with marks on it. Each marked place on the map will be having some information or reward for the team. The teams need to follow the instructions and maps well to reach the finishing point. It is an excellent outdoor team building activities.

37. Amoeba Electric Fence

Duration:

15-20 minutes

No. of Participants:

10-15 members

How to Play?

In this game, the team has to cross the high rope fence collectively. One can jump across, or the team can make the stair structure with legs for the team members to easily travel through the fence without touching it. The team wins if everyone crosses the fence without touching the electric fence.  It is one of the best team building games which displays the power team unity.

38. Zen Counting

Duration:

10-15 minutes

No. of Participants:

10-20 members

How to Play?

The participants need to form a circle facing outwards. Everyone needs to count the number one by one. If the number is repeated or two members spoke simultaneously, the game starts all over again. The game increases listening power. It is one of the best counting team building activities.

39. Hole Tarp

Duration:

15-20 minutes

No. of Participants:

6-10 members

How to Play?

The team members are divided into smaller groups and given a sheet with holes in it. The rival team throws the ball from the other edge, and your team needs to catch it using the sheet. Make sure that the ball doesn’t pass through the hole. The team that catches more number the balls on the sheet wins the game.   

40. Shoe Tower

Duration:

10 minutes

No. of Participants:

8-12 members

How to Play?

In the outdoor, participants are divided into two groups. Each group needs to stack the shoes on the members in the tallest way possible. The team which builds the tallest and stable shoe tower wins the game.

41. Games of Possibilities

Duration:

20-30 minutes

No. of Participants:

3 members or more

How to Play?

The participants need to be divided into small groups. The organizer shows an image of an object to one member of each team. The person then needs to come in front and act how the item is used. The team members need to guess what the object could be.

42. Spider Web

Duration:

20-30 minutes

No. of Participants:

8-10 members

How to Play?

Tie the two large ropes in the open ground and form like a spider web. Make the web from the thinner string and leave the gaps enough for a person to pass through. The team member must lift the member and pass through the web without touching the rope. It is a fantastic team building activity that encourages the members to solve the problem efficiently.

43. Team Shield

Duration:

10-15 minutes

No. of Participants:

10 members or more

How to Play?

The members are divided into smaller groups, and each member has to build a shield to protect their group members. They can use any outdoor objects around to make the best shield design. Whichever team comes out with a tough shield wins the games.

44. Random Screenplay

Duration:

30 minutes

No. of Participants:

2 or more

How to Play?

The organizer can call out the name of the participants and ask them to pick the chit. Each chit will contain a situational script, and the members need to act on it. It could be a group activity or solo activity. The most entertaining screenplay performer wins the game. This is one of the best team building activity which encourages the teams to show their acting and scripting skills.

45. Call of the Wild

Duration:

15-30 minutes

No. of Participants:

10-15 members

How to Play?

The organizer will give out the card to every participant. Every card will hold an animal name, and two members will get the same animal card. When the game starts, the members need to produce the sound of that particular animal. The goal is to find the other member of the same animal name.

Conclusion

It is important to make the team realize that the power lies in their unity and collective efforts to achieve common goals. Team building exercises are an engaging and fantastic way to recognize and enhance team spirit. The work environment is better when office politics are replaced by office friendship and office laughter. Team building games do wonders to build on to the core qualities of great teams. It helps the members improve communication skills, leadership, critical thinking, creativity, listening skills, etc. We have listed 45 most exciting team building games for virtual, corporate, indoor, and outdoor needs. If you have been a fan of PC games, then interactive games with colleagues will be even more fun. We hope you build good bonding with your teammates through these games.

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