Creative Thinking Based Team Building Activities
Balloon Keep Up
The aim of this light hearted but powerful exercise is to promote problem solving lateral thinking and to think positively that a task can be achieved. Teams are given a number of balloons to keep in the air with only one touch allowed. Simple at first, as more balloons are added, the action becomes frantic. To solve the problem requires some creative thinking.
Chicken, Dog, Rice
Chicken, Dog, Rice is a popular game used to encourage lateral thinking, planning and creativity.
One member of the team, the farmer, must take the rest of his team, the villagers, over a river. He also has to take over his chicken, his rice and his dog. Unfortunately, his boat is only big enough for himself and one other item, and only he can stop his dog from eating his chicken or the chicken from eating his rice.
Code Breaking is a challenging game ideal for increasing lateral thinking and creativity.
Teams are given codes or cryptograms, the first team to break the code wins. This game will test problem solving and teamwork, and provide great insight into how team members work together.
Color Square Shuffle
This is a fabulous visual puzzle designed to force team members to work together, help each other and think logically to achieve a goal. It involves moving large coloured foam tiles one by one to recreate a pattern. The problem is that teams must do this one person at a time, and without knowing the solution. This really forces teams to work together and help each other.
Colored Thinking Hats
The Six Thinking Hats technique of Edward de Bono is a model that can be used for exploring different perspectives towards a complex situation or challenge., encouraging creativity, change and listening to others.
Seeing things in various ways is often a good idea in strategy formation or complex decision-making processes. In this game, delegates are presented with a hypothetical situation to consider whilst in turn wearing one of six different colored hats. Each hat represents a different way of thinking or point of view.
- This activity is recommended for middle or upper management.
- Encourages creativity, change and listening to others.
- This is an indoor team building activity.
Cocktail Making Workshop
Why not combine your team building event with a cocktail making workshop? Coaching, training and facilitating are all part of the modern leaders job description. What better way to understand and develop these skills than to take part in a fun and fascinating training session of your own, and then as a team show off your new found skills.
A very clever team puzzle based on the tower of Hanoi conundrum. By splitting the team into smaller groups, this activity forces participants to deal with multitasking and group dynamics. The job is to move a series of large foam blocks from one place to another inside the wok area. However, to conform to the rules, real strategy is needed to puzzle out the solution in this race against the clock
Paper Towers or Bridges
Paper Towers or Bridges encourages organisation, delegation and creativity.
Using a variety of building materials, candidates have to construct either the highest towers or the longest bridges out of paper. This is a great exercise for team members to take on different roles within the group, and is particularly useful for creative or innovative thinking for teams involved in product design.
Pictionary is an artistic game to stimulate imagination and creativity.
Team members take it in turns to draw an item or phrase related to their industry while the rest of the team guesses the phrase. No other form of communication is allowed. The team who finishes first wins.
Survival: an EXCELLENT game to encourage critical and creative thinking.
In this exercise, teams are presented with a hypothetical situation of being stranded in a harsh climate with limited resources. The team is given a list of everyday objects that they must rank in order of importance to the team's survival based on the climactic conditions. Each item on the list has a predetermined use or multiple uses that the teams must discover, and the team who is closest in ranking to the mother list wins. Another variation to this exercise is an added stipulation that only a certain number of team members will survive, and the team must choose who will live and who will die. This will present the team with an inevitable dilemma which allows for close observation of a team in the 'storming' phase of development.