In this chapter we'll go through some of the best indoor team building activities that you can try out.
Sometimes the weather sucks or there are bugs everywhere… and every now and then, there are killer clowns roaming the streets.
Protect yourself from all that by holding your next team building event indoors where you have air conditioners, wifi, and you never have to worry about being lost out in the woods at night.
All you really need is a room large enough to hold everyone and you’re all set for your next team building activity!
We hope you enjoy our list of our 10 favourite team building activities, designed specifically to be used indoors!
If your team is working remotely at the moment then you should check out our 7000 word guide on remote team building games and activities for virtual teams. In there you'll find 40 ideas with instructions that you can try with your newly remote team.
1) Office Trivia
Objective: A fun way to have a team competition indoors
Participants: 8 to 100 people
Duration: 30 minutes
Materials: Preprepared questions and prizes for the winner
We recommend using this activity to introduce new people to their coworkers and to the company.
As first impressions have been found to count, it is important that you keep this team building activity fun and engaging to leave a lasting impression of your organisation.
- Prepare multiple trivia questions before the activity. For example, ask questions on policies, department locations or questions about team members. Or, if you want to keep the game a bit more light-hearted, focus on topics such as sport or music.
- Call out the questions, the first person to get the correct answer wins a point.
- Whoever has the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
- Top tip: If you have a lot of people then consider dividing everyone into smaller groups and giving each group a fun “buzzer” they can use. The first team to hit the buzzer answers.
2) Chest of Hopes and Dreams
Objective: Creative problem solving and team bonding
Participants: 5 to 15 people
Duration: 30 to 60 minutes
Materials: A hat (or a bowl/box), pen and paper for participants
This activity is one of our favourites because it helps people figure out how they can reach their hopes and dreams in a safe and anonymous environment.
This team building activity works well on both new teams and old teams - and we think, that however new or large the team, the outcome is always positive and promotes trust within teams.
- Begin by asking everyone to write down a piece of paper something that they want out of life, or something that they’d like to achieve.
- Place it in a hat.
- Once everyone has contributed a wish, pull out each piece of paper and read them out one by one.
- Have everyone discuss how that person can achieve what they want out of life.
3) Lucky penny
Objective: To get team members telling stories about themselves
Participants: 5 to 20 people
Duration: 20 minutes
Materials: Some pennies (more pennies than participants) and a hat
Lucky penny is a great team building activity for new hires because it gets everyone actively participating and sharing something interesting about themselves, without pushing them too far out of their comfort zone.
It’s chilled out and low-pressure, and that is exactly why we love it.
However, if you get the vibe that your team is shy, we suggest using the second variation of the game where you ask them to say historical facts.
This makes the game a bit more relaxed as the attention is taken away from the employees personal life.
- Gather together some pennies and place them in a hat.
- Get everyone to reach into the hat, grab a penny and share something meaningful that happened to them on the year the coin was minted (this could perhaps be funny if you have a younger team - make sure the coins were minted whilst they were born!).
- Like previously mentioned, if your new team seems more timid, replace the personal stories with historical facts that happened in that year.
4) Memory Wall
Objective: Deeper formation of relationships within the team
Participants: 5 to 10 people
Duration: 30 to 45 minutes
Materials: A large piece of paper
This team building activity is excellent at sparking conversation and having people reminisce about the positive times they’ve shared together.
It encourages the formation of deeper team bonds as team members will feel a sense of joy and happiness related to the positive times.
- Write a few work related topics on a large piece of paper (that represents the wall).
- E.g., my first day at work, or funniest office moment.
- Gather everybody around and ask them to write down their favourite memory and stick it onto the wall next to the topic.
- After, select a few at random and get the participant to say why they picked that specific memory.
5) Team Feud
Objective: Getting to know your team better
Participants: 6 or more people
Duration: 20 to 40 minutes
Materials: Questionnaires (filled out prior), a desk bell and either a chalkboard or a whiteboard
Similar to the old Tv programme ‘family feud’, this activity should be just as entertaining!
We recommend using this activity with teams who aren’t that well acquainted just yet as it gets them working as a team and having a bit of fun together.
- Before you throw yourself into the game, create a questionnaire that contains questions such as “favourite food”, “favourite colour?” or “worst office task”.
- Get as many people in the office as possible to answer this questionnaire. Tally up the five most popular answers.
- Split your team into groups of around 4 to 6.
- Set up a table with a bell in the middle.
- How to play:
- The team members must take it in turns to have a go - only one member from each team must be able to press the bell at any time.
- Ask the first survey question - whoever rings the bell first must guess the most common answer.
- If correct, write it down on a whiteboard for everyone to see and give the team a point. Then, player two from each group must now come to the table to press the bell.
- If incorrect, ask one of the other teams the question, if they get it correct give them half a point.
- If no one gets it right, move onto the next question.
6) Crazy Eights
Objective: To improve team building, test memory and improve ability to think quickly
Participants: 6 to 15 people
Duration: 20 to 30 minutes
Materials: A bean bag
This is a favourite team building exercise of ours because it focuses on teamwork.
- Have your team sit in a circle.
- Have the first person throw the beanbag to someone else in the circle.
- Explain the rules: 1) The beanbag cannot go to any person twice; 2) when everyone has had a turn, the last person must throw the beanbag back to the person who had it first; and 3) everyone must memorise who they threw the beanbag to.
- Have the team repeat the pattern they made to see how fast they can do it.
- Give the team a few minutes to discuss how they can beat the time and ask them what time they think they can do it in.
- Have the team play again, and if they beat the time then offer everyone a prize (something edible or alcoholic!).
7) Key People
Objective: To aid the team in improving open communication
Participants: 9 or more people
Duration: 50 to 60 minutes
Materials: Paper and pens
It is really really important to not make this a popularity contest. Every body, in any organisation should, be equally valued as we all form different parts of one large machine - a machine won't work (or, at least it won’t work properly), if there are missing parts.
To avoid this becoming a popularity contest, place the emphasis of this exercise on ensuring that everyone knows what type of people are successful in the business, and get them thinking about how they can aspire to be like them.
- Break your team into three small groups.
- Have the groups each identify key people in the team,or in the organisation (these are people who are essential and that provide necessary support and resources to the team).
- After 5 to 10 minutes, have the team come back together and vote on the top three people from each group’s list.
- Assign on person to each of the small groups and ask them the following questions for each group to answer about the key person they have chosen.
- Why is this key person so important?.
- What does the key person do for other members of the team?.
- What does the key person need from team members to perform their job?.
- What happens when the team does not work well with this person?.
- What are the benefits of having a positive relationship with this person?.
- What happens when this person is missing from work?.
- Give them about 30 minutes to complete the assignment and at the end of the allotted time, have the teams reconvene and share what the groups came up with.
8) What Grade Did I Get?
Objective: To get team members to self-evaluate
Participants: 3 or more
Duration: 15 to 30 minutes
Materials: A report card
Perfect for a rainy day, this indoor team building activity is great because it encourages everyone to self-reflect and self-evaluate in a constructive way.
- Create a report card on each participant where they can be graded on ten areas, we suggest:
- Works well with others
- Take initiative
- Helps others
- Does more than their fair share
- Stays late to help
- Arrives early to work
- Has a positive attitude
- Each team member grades their own card.
- Once completed, team members should share their report cards with each other.
- For a more open activity, have team members pass report cards around and grade each other. However, only do this in teams that trust each other and feel comfortable doing this.
9) Conveyor Belt
Objective: To focus on team bonding and communication, and to help everyone to get to know each other
Participants: 10 or more people
Duration: One minute for each participant, five to 10 minutes for explanations
This team building activity is perhaps one of our more complicated ones - but nonetheless, we still love it.
Sometimes, things that are complicated are good for our brains as they get us thinking outside the box and solving problems…
- Ask everyone to stand in two lines facing each other along the tape.
- Everyone should place their hands on the shoulders of the person across from them - this means that they are not partners.
- Ask partners to introduce themselves to one another.
- Read a series of questions. The person on the side line to the left of you will always answer the question first.
- When you yell ‘switch’ the person to the right of the line will have a chance to answer.
- It starts to get complicated because after three rounds, you will have the people on the left side as the question to the person to the right of their partner, but they are still connected to their partner.
- See how long your team can do this for without getting frustrated.
Objective: To promote diversity and acceptance
Participants: 4 or more people
Duration: 30 to 60 minutes
Materials: Paper, pens and coloured markers
Finally, we love forefathers because it promotes diversity and creativity.
Creativity is so important to promote in teams because recent research has found that individual creativity within a team improves the quality of team decision making processes.
This means that teams high in creativity are more effective and have a better team climate. So, be sure to use this ice breaker to enhance creativity in your team!
- Tell your team “you have just been notified that you inherited some land near Alaska. According to the maps, it does not belong to any country and, therefore, is a country unto itself”.
- Get your team to create a country from scratch. This should include: country name, constitution, language, monetary system, government system, voting, culture, religion, military and national animal/flag.
- Get all teams to present their country and explain how and why they all agreed on this.
- Perhaps, offer a prize to the team who created the best country (although, this is subjective and hard to measure!).
And there you have it. Those are our favourite indoor team building activities.
We hope you've liked our list!