Team Challenges: Group Activities to Build Cooperation, Communication and Creativity continues to be a bestseller for online booksellers and my publisher, Zephyr Press.
“Great for teachers, and also fun for families.” —Ashland Daily Tidings
“A rare gift.” —Deepfun.com
“Great activities that can be done with as few as two people.” —Lansing State Journal
Toothpicks. Rubber bands. Marbles. Drinking straws. Marshmallows. Cardboard tubes. Paper. Popsicle sticks. Rigatoni. Search your cupboards for supplies and get ready to have some fun with creative problem solving!
Team Challenges: Group Activities to Build Cooperation, Communication and Creativity is filled with hands-on tasks that group leaders, parents and teachers can present to help children learn to work cooperatively with others, improve their problem solving skills, and expand their imagination.
From simple verbal challenges that elicit uncommon responses to building tasks that require fast action, the activities in this book challenge participants to stretch the bounds of expectation and create new solutions to uncommon problems.
One part Night at the Improv, two parts Junkyard Wars, Team Challenges: Group Activities to Build Cooperation, Communication and Creativity is a virtual springboard for creativity.
Take a peek inside the book:
From Chapter Five, Talk It Up
▪ Name things that are ordered (days, weeks, a meal)
▪ Name kinds of space (outer space, space for rent, space heater)
▪ Name things that are supposed to break (an egg, a leg, a newsbreak)
Fairy Tale Fun
▪ What was Rip Van Winkle most surprised by when he awoke?
▪ What would have happened if Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard had been full?
From Chapter Six, Construction for the Whole Crew
Throw A Balloon
Gather the materials listed below. Place all materials on a table. Mark a starting point on the floor with tape. Beyond the starting point should be a minimum of fifteen feet of clear space. Read the list of construction materials and the team instructions out loud to the team.
- 5 un-inflated balloons
- 1 rubber eraser
- 5 drinking straws
- 10 mailing labels
- 5 paper clips
- 1 paper plate
Using the materials provided, devise a method to move a balloon as far as possible from the starting point. You have five minutes to come up with a plan and test it. You will be notified when you have one minute remaining. At the end of the building time, you will have three opportunities to launch a balloon for distance. After each launch, you must decide if you want to have the distance measured or try again for a longer distance. You will receive up to ten points each for creativity, communication and cooperation. You will also receive one bonus point for every foot of distance the balloon travels.
From Chapter Seven, Move It!
Cut, Tie, Zip!
Gather the materials from the list below and place them on a table. Read the materials list and team instructions out loud to the team.
- 2 pieces of paper
- 1 pair of lace up shoes (untied)
- A container filled with 25 toothpicks
- A sandwich sized zip top bag
*may not be altered
You have two minutes to complete the following tasks: Cut one piece of paper into four pieces and one piece of paper into six pieces; tie the shoelaces on both shoes into bows and put toothpicks into the zip top bag and seal it, without touching any of the toothpicks. But here’s the catch: each team member can only use one hand in completing this task. You must each place one hand behind your back. You will be notified when you have only one minute remaining. You will receive up to ten points each for creativity, communication and cooperation. You will also receive five bonus points for each successfully completed task.
From Chapter Eight, Show Me The Funny
Place the materials listed below on a table and allow room in which the team can perform. Read the list of improv materials and the team instructions out loud to the team. Note to team leader: you’ll need a bell or similar noisemaker for your part in this task.
- 3 sheets of paper
- 10 toothpicks
- 5 bandage strips
- 12″ square of aluminum foil
- 2 binder clips
- 2 cardboard tubes
- 5 rubber bands
It’s Friday night at the diner and everyone is having a good time until the milk shake machine breaks down. You have five minutes to create props and plan a scene from the diner that includes at least one police officer. You will be notified when you have one minute of time remaining. Following the planning time, you will have two minutes in which to portray your evening at the diner. But wait! There’s a catch. As you perform, you must alternate between sound and silence. A bell will signal you to move from speaking to silence; you should make the transition as seamless as possible. You will receive up to ten points each for creativity, communication and cooperation. You will also receive ten bonus points if you make it through the silent portions of your performance without uttering a sound.