10 Team-Building Games For Students

Human Knot:  A classic game that requires no equipment. Students stand in a circle, hold hands, and then blindly weave under and over each other to create a tangled knot. They then have to work together to untangle themselves without letting go.

Marshmallow Challenge:  This game tests communication and planning skills.  Teams are given uncooked spaghetti, string, tape, and a marshmallow.  The challenge is to build the tallest freestanding tower that can hold the marshmallow on top within a time limit.

Scavenger Hunt:  Create a list of clues hidden around the schoolyard or classroom.  Teams work together to decipher the clues, find the hidden items, and complete the scavenger hunt first.

Blindfolded Relay Race:  A fun twist on the classic relay race.  One student from each team is blindfolded, and their teammates have to guide them verbally through an obstacle course or to a designated point. This promotes communication and trust.

Cup Stacking:  This fast-paced game requires teamwork, dexterity, and coordination.  Teams work together to stack and unstack cups in specific sequences as quickly as possible.

The Desert Island Challenge:  Present the students with a scenario where they are stranded on a deserted island.  Each team gets a list of random items (like a blanket, a rope, or a magnifying glass).  They have to work together to decide which items are most essential for survival and why.

Silent Movie Charades:  Divide the class into teams.  One student from each team picks a famous scene or movie title from a hat without revealing it to their team.  They then have to act out the scene silently for their team to guess within a time limit.

Building Bridges:  Provide teams with materials like straws, paper clips, or pipe cleaners.  The challenge is to build the strongest and most stable bridge possible within a time limit.  This tests teamwork, problem-solving skills, and creativity.

Minefield:  Divide the classroom into a grid.  Scatter beanbags or crumpled pieces of paper on some of the squares to represent "mines."  Blindfold one student from each team and have their teammates guide them verbally through the "minefield" without stepping on any "mines."

Egg Drop Challenge:  Teams are given an egg and various materials like cardboard, tape, and rubber bands.  The challenge is to design and build a container that will protect the egg from breaking when dropped from a specific height.  This encourages creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration.