Chapter 2

The Top 17 Team Building Activities

We've put together the ultimate best team building activities list. It's even in ranking order. Also includes instructions and handy links.

Trust fall? Boring. Laser tag? Been done before. Adventure courses? Yawn.

Team building activities are meant to be a lot of fun and nothing kills the notion of fun more than the idea of doing the same thing over and over again.

The best part of these is the random conversations that each activity will generate as your people work through them.

Variety is the spice of life and you should definitely look into spicing up your team building events with the following activities.

1. Social painting

Objective: Team Bonding

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

How to play: Social painting workshops, sometimes known as paint-and-sip parties, are a stress-free alternative to many of the high-energy activities that we’ve listed so far.

All you have to do is gather some basic art supplies, a few bottles of wine and you’re all set to unleash your inner Bob Ross.

Social painting is great for team bonding because it encourages team members to support one another by having having everybody step out of their comfort zones together.

Plus, even just a few hours of painting have been proven to greatly reduce the amount of stress and anxiety, all the while giving us the chance to express ourselves in a way that wouldn’t normally be possible.

2. Hackathons

Objective: Team Bonding & Improving Collaboration

Duration: 6 to 24 hours

How to play: In recent years, tech companies have been absolutely obsessed with hackathons as a way to turn a group of strangers into a high-performing team in less than 24 hours. The great news is that you don’t necessarily have to be a tech-based startup in Silicon Valley to hold your own hackathon.

Essentially how a hackathon works is that groups are tasked with a project that they have to create something completely new within a set time period. This can be anything from developing a new app, coming up with marketing campaign, or creating an entirely new product.

While it might be stressful, and it can be at times, it’s also incredibly fun. Hackathons give people a chance to work on something completely different, to stretch their skills and all without the stress of having answer to upper management.

For organizations, hackathons also give them a chance to field test new ideas, encourage a company culture of innovation and even come up with entirely new products by the end of it.

3. Make-your-own music video

Objective: Team Bonding

Duration: 1 to 3 hours

How to play: Get everyone to tap into their inner rockstar by getting everyone involved with making a music video!

Just pick out some catchy top 40 pop song that everyone knows the words to (even if they won’t admit to it), get a camera and get to lip syncing!

Yes, the end product can be a little cringey and lame, but that’s kind of the point. Nothing brings a team together more than the fact that everyone being able to have fun and have a good laugh at themselves.

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4. Escape room

Objective: Creative Problem Solving & Team Bonding

Duration: 1 to 2 hours

How to play: These days escape rooms are one of the go-to team building activities for many organizations, and it’s easy to see why.

As a team building activity, escape rooms test a group’s ability to work together, how they communicate with one another and practice their creative problem solving.

In case you don’t know, escape rooms is a kind of game where players are locked in a room together and are tasked with finding a way out. The catch is that in order to do so, they have to solve no small amount of puzzles and challenges to get “free.”

With the rising popularity of escape rooms you’ll be able to pick any number of themes for your escape room, popular ones including haunted houses and murder mysteries.

5. Magazine Cover

Objective: Improving Collaboration & Confidence Building

Duration: 1 to 2 hours

How to play: In this team building activity, team members are tasked with creating an imaginary magazine cover that celebrates an upcoming announcement or achievement of the company.

Team members have to come up with the design, headlines and sub-headlines, and the graphics for their magazine cover.

The purpose of this activity is to help team members get into the mindset of what it would be like to featured in a magazine, how they’d like their achievements to be portrayed and what it takes to get them there.