Check out our handy guide to the 10 best indoor team building activities. Who said staying indoors had to be boring?
Written by Heather Harper
Last updated: Mar 30, 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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!
And there you have it. Those are our favourite indoor team building activities.
We hope you've liked our list!
Try these out and let me know how you go.
Is there one that we've missed that should definitely be in our best of list?
Let me know in the comments below!
About the author
Heather Harper has a Masters in Occupational Psychological from the University of Manchester. She currently works as an editorial writer specialising in organizational psychology - helping teams work better together.