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Games using Indoors have been a part of team building activities for many years. Indoor team building games really help to promote and foster relationships. This is especially crucial where individuals need to trust one another and work together in a positive and productive manner. Sieger Team has a range of Indoor games and ideas for you to consider using in your team building events.
1. Balancing Chairs: The group has to manage to be so fast that no chair falls over. Participants standing in a circle with the chairs in front and balance their chairs on just two feet each. On a command, all participants let their chair loose, step forward and take the chair of the player in front of them.
2. Turning Carpets: Turning carpets is a group dynamics and coordination activity for groups of a number of people fitting right onto one carpet. All the participants position themselves on the carpet. Subsequently, they have to turn the carpet upside down without any team member touching the floor.
3. Ocean Wave: Ocean Wave is an activity for groups of any size while sitting in a circle. One participant standing in the center of the circle; his/her chair is empty. After the start signal, participant sitting on the left of the free chair moves to the free chair. This leaves another chair free, where again the player on the left moving over to, and so on.
4. Dracula: The seeker (Dracula) search for other participants those are hiding in the room. To induce a fitting atmosphere, seeker may do typical Dracula-like sounds. When he can find a hidden person, either this person is out of the game or he becomes a Dracula. Winner of the game is the person that has found the best hiding place and is found last.
5. Rag Soccer: Participants are split into two equally sized groups, each participant gets a number assigned. The teams standing in the middle of the room, facing each other. When the trainer call a particular numbers then called participant grab their team's broom and try to score a goal with the ball that was placed in the center of the playing field. The first team to score a goal earns one point. The team scored most goals wins the game.
6. Pictionary: Let out your inner artist as you bond with your team over a game or two of Pictionary. Each participant to contribute a word for artists to pick from when it’s their turn to draw.
7. Indoors Mayhem: Each of them given a note of a noise they must make for another team and Indoor. Next find the other team members making the same noise so that they can get together in their teams.
8. Minute to Win It: In this activity, based on the popular TV show, groups are challenged to tackle fun 60-second tasks before time runs out. Groups will need to work together, communicate, and cheer each other on in order to be successful.
9. Indoors Catch: One person sits on the floor and round them are a number of items, some small, some larger and rest of the group stand at the edge of the room. Then other group members take it in turns to try to retrieve an object. If they make noise and the person with Indoor hears them, then the Indoored person points to them and says 'heard you', if they point at a person then that persons turn ends and it is on to the next person.
10. Desert Island: If entire company or department was stranded on a desert island. Challenge team to determine the top 10 things they would absolutely need to survive and safely get back. Everyone must agree on the final list and solution!
11. Blind Square: This activity is all about problem solving, communication and teamwork. The team must put the rope on the ground in shape of the largest square possible. The team must wear Indoors throughout.
12. Sudoku Tournament: Challenge employees to see who can solve the puzzles the fastest Online Sudoku. Break your group out into teams to promote collaborative thinking and effective communication.
13. Truth And Lie: This exercise fits into the “get to know each other” category. Extroverts have no difficulty in making themselves known, but introverts often remain an enigma, bowled into silence. This exercise gives them equal footing to reveal facts about themselves as well as expose the assumptions others have made. Participants learn about others and also learn about themselves through the lies they thought were true.
14. The Barter Puzzle: The goal is to complete their puzzle before the other groups, and that they must come up with their own method of convincing the other teams to relinquish the pieces they need, whether through barter, exchange of team members, donating time to another team, a merger, etc. Whatever they choose to do, they must do it as a group.
15. Common Book: This team exercise creates a living history of your business that you can keep adding to. It is somewhat similar to the Zappos culture book, but allows your team a chance to build it more directly. This game encourages creativity, collaboration, and recollection. It also gives you something concrete to look at in the future to see where your team has been and how far they’ve come.
16. Show And Tell: Most people are eager to let others know interesting things about themselves, but not all team members are able to make that happen. Most teams are lopsided, with some members dominating discussion. Using regular “show and tell” sessions gives all team members a chance at center stage while also becoming familiar with giving a presentation and fielding questions.
17. Organizational Jenga: Using wooden blocks or an actual Jenga game, mark blocks according to the hierarchies present in your company. This exercise is meant to show how each department and the various managers and staff positions are necessary to complete the task, and that without everyone in place, things fall apart.The second round reveals what “blocks” the team sees as unnecessary as they conceive of a way to deconstruct their structure without destroying it.
18. Indoors Tent: Indoors tent is great for developing communication. Also, Indoor tent used as a point scoring project as part of a multi project activity.
19. Circle of Silence: Group to stand in an inward facing circle with an arms length between each person. One person is given an object and must be passed from one person to the next as quietly as they can. One of the group wears a Indoor and asked to stand in the middle of the circle. Their aim is to listen out for the noise. If they hear it they should point to where the noise comes from.
20. Indoors Maze: A person wears a Indoor is given a route to follow away from the mark. At the end of the route they are to retrace their steps. Then the Indoor is removed. The closer they are to the start point the better. Progression in this task is to make the route more complex.
21. Indoor Hide and Seek: One of the group is sighted and hides in the square. The rest of the group wear Indoors and must find the sighted person.
22. Indoor Matrix Maze: Trying to get your bearings is difficult if you’re Indoored and trying to walk through a giant maze with people yelling in your ears from every direction. What’s even more difficult: trying to guide your Indoor maze walkers through the maze from a distance while competing among many other sighted managers for their attention.
23. Night line: Once the team members are Indoored then they should follow the rope staying together as a group by holding the back of the coat of the person in front of them. Great Indoor game.
24. Blind Crossing: Indoored people walk towards and find a seeing partner, guided by verbal directions from the seeing partner.
25. Minefield: An engaging game requiring communication and trust. The task is very flexible, works for groups of various types and sizes, and can be adapted to youth, adults, corporate etc.
26. Silent Opera: This activity works on alternative methods of communication. One volunteer is Indoored and another volunteer to give vocal instructions. The remaining members of the group are not allowed to speak.
27. Blind Polygon: A challenge that requires problem-solving skills and initiative to complete; this task will cast light on the team's listening skills, individual roles, group dynamics.
28. Tower Building: Building a tower is another common Indooring activity. In this activity, participants are given some wooden cubes or small cubes and they have to build a tower using the blocks wearing a Indoor.
29. Indoors Groups: Group members are divided into subteams and give each sub team an animal type. Now, every one in the sub-team to mingle together and then find their own space. Everyone should put Indoors at this point and on the signal to make the sound of their animal team member find other people of the same type. Eventually everyone should end up with their own subteam.
30. Board Games: If your team loves a good thriller narrative and enjoys playing board games, there are plenty of great options that combine the two! Try games like Clue, Spyfall, or Codenames to add a little excitement to any indoor event.
31. Indoor Drawing: The leader is given a complex shape drawn with straight lines. They must communicate this shape to a drawer who is wearing a Indoor and get them to recreate the shape.
32. Group Timeline: The timeline should start as far back as the oldest member on your team was born or when the company was founded. Mark each year on the timeline. This exercise helps show, in a visual way, the different generations and experiences of your team. It leads well into talking about cultural and generational differences and the effects that has on how people work and communicate. It is also an opportunity for team members to learn more about each other.
33. Coriolis Effect: This activity allows your team to understand the different ways in which people work to solve a problem. The team forms a circle, and each person is given a piece of plastic pipe. Starting from the tallest person, the ball is passed around the circle, clock-wise, via each piece of pipe. To complete the task, facilitators rules must be observed.
34. Friendly Flyers: Foster a spirit of healthy competition within your team, while helping them learn more about each other. Teams to construct a paper airplane. After making the plane, each pair needs to write personal characteristics that define them on the plane. Teams then compete to see which plane is able to fly the farthest. The group then reads the characteristics written on that plane, and tries to guess who it belongs to.
35. Helium Stick: Team to form two even rows, facing each other, and have everyone hold their right hands out at chest-height, index finger extended with‘helium stick’ on top of the outstretched fingers. The team needs to work together to lower the stick to the ground, without anyone losing contact with the stick.
36. Human Knot: Everyone raises their right hand in the air, then grabs the hand of someone standing across the circle from them. Then, the team needs to work together to untangle everyone without letting go of the hands they’re holding.
37. Trivia: A fun, high-energy activity that boosts competition, teamwork and collaboration. Facilitator reads out a number of trivia questions, ideally spanning a number of topics. Teams write their answers down and the team with the highest score wins.
38. Big Foot: Participants are blindfolded and instructed to put themselves in line in order of smallest foot to biggest foot. This is a great team building game that demands teamwork to communicate efficiently in order to get into line properly without the use of sight or verbalizing the most basic and obvious of information.
39. Kid’s Stuff: This exercise will force each person to work collaboratively and give their input in order to create a board game that is fun for everyone. Everyone work together using their imaginations to create a fun and interactive game.
40. Bridge Build: Each team must build half of a bridge with the materials provided. The goal is for the two bridges to have similar or identical design and be able to fit together when finished. The challenge is that the teams can’t see the other team or what they are building.
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