05 Apr 8 playful ways…
Type: Ice Breaker | Time: 10-15 min | Group size: minimum 5 | Material: paper & pen ↬ Breaks the ice even on hot days!Let´s go!
Type: Ice Breaker/ Retrospective | Time: ~ 15 min | Group size: minimum 3 | Material: Loads of candies & a flip chart ↬ Candy is dandy!Make it sweet
Lego Serious Play
Type: Ice Breaker/ Introduction | Time: ~ 30 min | Group size: 3-10 | Material: Lego bricks ↬ Play it cool!Go play!
Type: Brain Refresher | Time: 10-15 min | Group size: Teams of 3-5 people | Material: Arts & Crafts material ↬ Turns the worst idea into a success story!Be creative
Type: Ice Breaker/ Introduction | Time: ~ 10 min | Group size: minimum 5 | Material: Paper & Pen ↬ Discover how your team pictures you!Laugh out loud
Type: Brain Refresher | Time: ~ 10 min | Group size: Teams of 4 people | Material: only people matter ↬ You don´t need any coffee afterwards, promised!Go crazy
↬ This team introduction game is perfect for bigger groups because it´s easy, quick, simple to understand and execute, and it activates your group. It lets them get “in touch” with each other in a fun way and draws the attention during introduction on two people at the same time: rather shy and introverted participants don´t have to talk about themselves only, and when the stage is theirs, they can talk about someone else. Win win.
↬ “Portrait me” is a really good way to make participants who don´t know each introduce themselves in a funky way. It draws the attention of each team member at least once to every other member in the round. You are forced to deal with that person without talking at all. Moreover, it´s a very easy method to make even the most professional people laugh. This game doesn´t know any hierarchy – the group is on an equal basis. And I promise fun is granted.
↬ Work smart, play hard!
↬ Using our weak hand requires a lot of brain capacity and it stimulates important areas in our brain. Therefore, this little exercise is not only great to wake us up after a nice lunch break, but it also encourages communication between team members and fosters collaborative work. Firstly, you need to know and agree on how your paper plane should look like. Everyone builds it slightly different and there are different understandings of a “good end product”. Secondly, without talking to each other which corner needs to be folded first and so on, your team probably won´t get anywhere. This is pure team work!
↬ “Bad Idea” makes you think in totally different ways and pushes you towards creativity and imaginativeness.
↬ Three Brains is the perfect game to make everyone communicate with each other in a completely different way. If your brain is still sleepy afterwards, I can recommend a double espresso!
↬ Candy Crush is an easy and quick game for both new formed teams and established teams. It can be used as introduction game to get to know each other as well as methodology for running retrospectives. The good thing is that the selection of questions is solely in your hand, thus it´s in your hands to steer the group discussion.
↬ This game is all about communication! Following and giving solely verbal instructions of and to team members reveals all different styles of communication that exist within a team. Even though you thought your styles match in daily business you might be taught a better. Use Illustrator to find out who is leading communications, who gives instructions and in which way, and who´s rather holding back.
↬ The effect of social connection and togetherness based on individual facts is what makes this game so valuable. People literally leave their well-known comfort zone of peers, and get in touch with alike colleagues they wouldn't thought of having anything in common with. Simple, but effective!
Written by Sabrina Rzepka
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