In this program dedicated to team bonding, participants will have to complete 7 activities organized in 3 fazes:
2 activities as warm-ups (physical activities):
Balloons because they add suspense and fun to the atmosphere – there is a healthy sense of prolonged hope when playing with balloons.
Balloon Juggle & Sort: We’ll challenge participants to keep all balloons (1+ per person) in the air. This gets the group moving and cooperating. Once they’ve got the hang of it, we’ll make it harder by adding in more balloons or placing restrictions e.g., no hands to keep balloons up. Then we’ll ask participants to keep juggling the balloons, but to sort them into colors (works magically with large groups ).
Chicken Stretch – it is such a fun game! And this is why we’ll reveal the name of this activity until afterwards! It relies on an element of surprise.
We’ll demonstrate 3 different stretches which, when put together, turns each person into a chicken (hen) and the group into a clucking and squawking chickenyard. Very funny!
3 activities to getting to know each other better (sociometric activities):
Get to Know You – Sociometric Questions – Sociometric activities engage people in representing social dynamics in physical space using their bodies.
This activity is a series of “sociometric” questions that require participants to arrange themselves in space in relation to other people according to various individual and social characteristics. Example of Questions: “Can you find someone who had the same breakfast as you?” Or “Can you arrange yourselves according to a place you would like to visit this summer?”
People Map – an interesting way for people to get to know one another is to learn about the geographical distribution of where people come from.
We’ll create a human map to show where people consider their home, where their mother/father was born, the farthest place they’ve traveled.
2 Truths and a Lie – a different kind of get-to-know-you, an activity that is engaging, and challenges each group member in a fun way.
People write down two truths about themselves and a lie. Then introduce the three “facts” to the rest of the group. The participant will walk around and chat to one another, like at a cocktail party, and ask about each other’s truths and lies. The goal is to quiz each one about every statement to help determine which are the truths and which is the lie, whilst seducing other people into thinking that your lie is a truth. In the end, we will display our votes and find out the truths.
2 activities for self- and other-awareness (psychological activities):
Mirror Image – Immediate non-verbal feedback exercise.
This activity involves people in pairs, with one person mirroring the actions and movements of the other person. By reflecting body movements of another, several subtle but complex processes are activated, heightening self- and other-awareness.
Blind Drawing– This exercise is all about speaking the other person’s language and learning how to communicate effectively.
Each group will have one picture, one pen, and one piece of paper. One member is given the image and to the other the pen and paper. The team member holding the picture will then describe the image to the artist without using restricted words. The accepted words will be directions and adjectives and not words that describe the nouns.
Once the drawing is finished, it’s always interesting to see how the drawer interprets their partner’s description.