10 Fun Team-Building Activities For Kids
Here are 10 ideas to get you started.
Ice Cream or Pizza Party
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Who doesn't love ice cream or pizza? Take the team to a local pizza joint or ice cream parlor. You can even buy your own ice cream, chocolate syrup, sprinkles and any other toppings, and allow the kids to build their own sundaes. The kids won't even realize this is a team-building activity, and players can hang out and have some fun while enjoying delicious pizza or a fun, frozen treat.
A Day at the Pool or Beach
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Take the team and some parent volunteers to a local pool, or plan a beach day. You can break the kids into teams and have a sand castle building contest, or bring a football or Frisbee along for a fun way to work on catching/throwing technique and hand-eye-coordination. Want to practice some sport-specific skills? Bring along a Slip 'N Slide and work on baseball slides.
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This is a great game because it doesn't require any extra materials, and it challenges kids to work together and communicate. The team stands in a circle and everyone joins hands with someone else. Players should join hands with someone positioned across the circle and not the person standing next to him or her. Each person must hold hands with two different people. Without letting go of anyone's hand, everyone must work together to untangle the knot.
Pass the Hula-Hoop
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This is a great game for kids because it's fun, and it promotes listening, executing instructions and teamwork. Ask the kids to form a circle. Place a Hula-Hoop over one kid's arm, and instruct everyone to join hands. Without letting go of anyone's hand, the team must find a way to move the Hula-Hoop all the way around the circle.
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With relays, you can turn just about anything into a race. Want your basketball team to practice dribbling? Have the players form a line. The first player must dribble to a designated spot and then back to the line, and then pass the ball off to the next player. The kids continue dribbling down and back until everyone has had a turn; the team that finishes first is the winner. Substitute a baseball to develop coordination, or have players cradle a football to work on protecting the ball.
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Cut watermelons into half-moons and give one to each member of your team. When you say go, the kids may begin eating. The player who finishes his watermelon first is the winner. Other variations of this game include enforcing a "no-hands" rule, or challenging players to collect the most watermelon seeds. You may want to have everyone dress appropriately because this can get messy. Be cautious when playing this game—remember, safety first!
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This is a classic relay race that requires teamwork. It can be challenging but it's also a lot of fun. Mark a start and finish line and pair the kids up.
Pairs line up at the starting line. One person will have his hands on the ground, while his partner will hold his feet. The pairs must walk this way to the finish line, with one player using their hands to walk, and his partner walking behind him. The first team to cross the finish line is the winner.
Team Trip or Outing
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Ask some parent volunteers to join the carpool, and take the team on a fun group outing. Take your little league team to see a local Major League, college or high school game. Your team members will have fun spending the day together, and will have an opportunity to see how their sport is played at a higher level.
Pass the Egg
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This is a fun, messy way to work on coordination, communication and trust. This game is played in teams of two so you'll need enough eggs so that every team has one. Pairs will line up across from each other. The first player throws the egg to his teammate. If the egg doesn't crack, each player will take a step back so that they are farther away from their partner. Once your egg breaks your team is out. On a hot day, or if you prefer, use water balloons instead of eggs.
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Invite the team and their parents to a local park and bring food, refreshments, blankets and lawn chairs. You can play any of the games above, or take advantage of a nice day outside and the chance for your team to spend some time together. Play a "getting-to-know-you" game. For example, pair kids up and have them interview each other. Once they've learned a few things, challenge them to introduce their partner to the rest of the group.