When you are having a corporate retreat or team building event, ice breaker games can be just the right way to get things started. There are many fun and exciting ways to build team spirit and collaboration using games and teamwork activities. Here are a few awesome ice breaker games for your next corporate event.
First, your group is divided into teams. The fun begins right away as each team comes up with a team name, plus a unique team cheer or rallying cry. Next, each team is challenged to create desserts that look every bit as delicious as they taste. Every team prepares one or more mouthwatering treats worthy of a top French patisserie. Once complete, all of the tempting creations will be showcased on a Grand Buffet. Everyone can now sample each creation. Then in come the judges.
The day’s champions are chosen based on product taste and presentation, with points also awarded for the leadership and teamwork that went into each team’s effort. Is the perfect choice for an after lunch or dinner program, or as a refreshing way to break up a day of meetings.
Team building ideas can be fun and exciting. Recipe for Success has come up with a super idea for team building: teaching mixology. Mixology is the art of creating cocktails. The groups are divided into teams of 10, where they learn how to create their own mixed drinks from expert mixologists. A contest follows at the end with prizes available. This makes an awesome activity before a team dinner.
3. Team Cuisine
Recipe for Success’s most popular team building activity is their flagship program, TeamCuisine. Splitting into small groups, the participants work together to create amazing gourmet meals. This program can be done in areas without a kitchen, since Recipe for Success brings everything in that you might need.
Competitive team building is great between co-workers and what better than a good old’ American Food Truck Challenge. Break the group into smaller groups of around 8 to 10 people. Each group get to make their own food truck and design their own unique logo. They will also have a food truck fare focus; examples such as hot dogs, tacos, waffles etc. The groups will be judged on the taste of their final product and the creativity and originality of their truck façade.
The Food Truck Challenge will certainly provide a fun team building exercise and bond everyone together.
Splitting your group into smaller segments, have each member write down something interesting they have done on an index card. Draw random cards and read the answers out loud. Have everyone guess whose card it is and explain why.
Have participants pair up and interview each other. Have them ask questions that are both personal and professional in nature. Then have each team member introduce the person they interviewed. This works in small to medium size groups, or you can divide a large group into segments.
This fun and surprising game was inspired by a TEDx talk by Eric de Groot. In this game, have people crumple up the papers that have been used in previous parts of the presentation. Then have them throw the papers at a target in the room. This will get everyone up on their feet and laughing and is a great option for after a long talk when everyone might be feeling sluggish.
A more reflective variation on this game would be to have people write down one challenge they have experienced on a piece of paper. Crumple and throw these papers as above, but then have people pick up random pieces of paper and read the challenges aloud. This will give everyone an idea of the problems other people face in their daily lives.
8. One Embarrassing Story
For small groups, this can break the ice and make everyone more comfortable with each other. Have everyone share an embarrassing story of their choice. It can be a childhood story or something more recent from work. Prizes can be given for the most embarrassing story.
9. What’s Your Word?
In a small group meeting, have everyone open by choosing one word with which they would describe themselves. Then use that word as their name for the rest of the meeting. This can make people laugh and drive home what their co-workers feel is important about themselves.
10. Rock Paper Scissors with a Twist
An active game, this is one of the more fun teamwork activities. It requires participants to get up and stand in front of the group. Make the group into pairs. Decide on good full-body motions for “rock,” “paper,” and “scissors.” If you want to make it competitive, keep bringing challengers up to try to beat the one team member who keeps winning. If not, simply pair people off.
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