Teamwork makes the dream work!
We all know that just because we're IN a GROUP doesn't mean we're ON a TEAM. Team builders are an amazing way to fix that problem. Getting a group together for a team-building activity for just a few minutes at the start or end of your meeting time can make a HUGE difference in how they learn to work together.
Here are some awesome team building activities that are fun and easy to do! Better yet, check out our bonus materials:
EYE TO EYE
Stand in a tight circle with everyone facing the center of the circle.
Ask the girls to look around and across the circle until making eye contact with another person. At any time, when two girls make eye contact, they will say the name of the other person and begin moving to switch places. They must maintain eye contact the entire time until they have switched. They don't need to rush; they should move slowly and purposefully.
Once the girls have switched, they must again look around the circle until they make eye contact with another person. It works best to not exchange places with the same person twice in a row. More than one pair can exchange places at the same time.
You can play as long as you have time to fill!
Here's A Thought!
Have participants exchange greetings in the middle of the circle like an enthaustic high five or a sing-songy helllooooo!
As the game continues, periodically call out emotions that people should try to express through their eyes only (care, love, anger, disappointment, honesty, encouragement, forgiveness, trust, hope, joy, etc.)
Anti-Silence Eye Contact: When players make eye contact they scream and whoever screams last is out. Play until there's a winner!
Stand in a circle a tight circle, shoulder to shoulder. Ask everyone to remain silent -- no giggling!
Without planning, ask the group to recite the entire alphabet one letter at a time without anyone speaking at the same time.
If anyone overlaps, start from the beginning.
Ask the girls to stand in a circle and put their hands in the middle. Each girl should grab the hands of two different people, neither of whom are standing next to them.
To ensure it will work, have one girl squeeze her right hand and then the person who is squeezed will squeeze her right hand and so on. The chain squeeze should reach every hand before getting back to the person that started. If that works then you are good to go! If it does not, have everyone try again and switch hands.
Once you know your chain squeeze worked, the fun begins! Ask the girls to untangle themselves so they are in a full circle (a figure 8 is also a possible solution to this game).
Note: this is always a great activity to get out your camera to take fun photos
Back to Back
Pair up girls by height. Ask them to lock arms with their back to each other.
With their arms locked see if they can sit down, kick their legs out straight, and then stand up straight again.
If they are able to do that try it with a group of 4, then 8!
This is a game of rock-paper-scissors. There are 4 levels of evolution: egg, chicken, dinosaur, and human. All of the girls start as an egg. They will challenge someone at the same level to a game of rock-paper-scissors. If they win the round, they evolve up to the next level (e.g. an egg evolves to a chicken).
To know what level someone is on, they will act it out!
To be an egg, participants should be squatted down on their heels.
To be a chicken, participants hold be hunched low with arms like chicken wings.
To be a dinosaur, participants should be standing tall with arms overhead.
Once a girl reaches a human she has evolved out of the game!
The goal is to get as many girls as possible to the human level in the time allotted .
Ask the girls to sit at a table or lay in a circle with their stomachs on the ground. They each should put out both of their hands and cross with their neighbors' hand.
One girl starts by tapping their hand once. Then the next hand in line should tap and it should go in a circle.
If someone wants to change the direction of the taps, they have to tap their hand twice.
To skip a hand they can make a fist and tap their fist.
If anyone goes out of turn they are out -- it takes a lot of focus and hand-eye coordination! You keep playing until two people are left (high five to celebrate!)
The goal of this game is to ALWAYS keep your lips covered by your teeth. If someone's teeth show, they are out!
The game begins with everyone in a circle (sitting or standing) and one player saying "pterodactyl" with their lips covering their teeth. Then the player to the right of them says "pterodactyl" with their lips covering their teeth.
The catch is that any player can change the direction by giving their best pterodactyl screech! This is when the game gets really fun and almost every person is laughing.
Play until there's a winner!
Get the girls in a tight circle. Each girl should turn so their left leg is towards the inside of the circle.
Have everyone take one giant step into the middle of the circle so each girl can put her hands on the girl's shoulders in front of her.
Then have the group slowly sit down so they are sitting on each others laps to make a lap circle!
Ask the girls to line up in various orders -- here are a few ideas!
Height, from smallest to tallest
Birthdays, from January through to December
Shoe size, from smallest to largest
Alphabetical first names (A-Z)
Alphabetical mother's first names
Anything else you can think of
Here's A Thought!
Ask the girls to line up without talking or assign one person to be the only person with speaking powers.
Find a straight line on the floor or use a piece of tape or string to make one.
The goal is for everyone to stand on one side of the line. Then when you say go they have to cross the line at the EXACT same time.
This will take a few tries and some creative problem solving to figure out how they can all cross at the exact time -- taking a photo for proof makes it even more fun!