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Fun Time Friday #3

Written by Jim Maynard on . Posted in article, Ice Breakers, Indoor Team Building, Problem Solving, Team Building Games, Team Building Ideas, Team Spirit, Team Work

I would imagine that competition is hotting up a bit amongst your teams. If you had a look at our half time review you might have made a few changes to the teams, and started to think about the dynamics going on within them.

Who’s who?Bloggers-Block-270x300

You need to be looking at how the teams and individuals are interacting with each other. Try and make a note of who will try anything, who is first to congratulate, who jumps up and celebrates their or another teams success.

These personal traits bleed into working lives. But sometimes these are disguised or shielded.

One of the purposes of “team building days” is to allow these traits to surface.

Spaghetti & Marshmallow Challenge

Learning From Spaghetti And Marshmallow..Really?

Written by Jim Maynard on . Posted in article, Ice Breakers, Indoor Team Building, Problem Solving, Team Building Games, Team Work

For the last 10 years the Spaghetti Marshmallow Challenge has been a staple ad-hoc exercise for companies to use on their staff in the name of team building.

There are several variants of the exercise but generally the team is tasked with building a self supporting tower with a marshmallow on top.

Feedback is usually based on the success or failure of the team and how high they managed to get the tower. But I’ve been asked many times “What does this have to do with me and what I do in my work”.

The answer is found in WHAT they do in the task and not HOW they did it.

3 Problem Solving Activities For Adults, Students Or Children

Written by James Carruthers on . Posted in Communication, Ice Breakers, Problem Solving, Team Building Games

Problem SolvingProblem solving activities are a great way to install some fun into your meetings and training days and this week we have 3 fun problem solving games that are really easy to set up and run yourself.

These activities will work well for all scenarios and can be used with adults, students or children.

Solve It – Problem Solving Games For Adults

Written by James Carruthers on . Posted in Ice Breakers, Problem Solving

Solve It is a mixture of fast paced problem solving games for adults, designed to break the ice before your meeting starts and is designed to get your guests hyped up and ready to concentrate on the business that follows.puzzle

The previous 2 posts that covered problem solving games (Mind Block & Puzzling Picasso’s) included just one task where as today’s game Solve It is a mixture of as many tasks and games that you can include within the time you have for your problem solving session.

Think of this game as a race against the clock with the winning team being the team that successfully completes the most challenges in the time given.

There is not much need here for me to rattle on about how to use this selection of problem solving games so I thought it best to compile a list of some example logic tasks and leave it to your selves to include the ones your prefer along with any of your own.

Mind Block – Problem Solving Activity For Students Or Staff

Written by James Carruthers on . Posted in Indoor Team Building, Problem Solving

Yesterday I posted ‘Puzzling Picasso’s‘ the first of this week’s trilogy of problem solving activities and today’s activity is called ‘Mind Block’.Bloggers-Block

Once again this problem solving activity is very simple to set up and run and all you will need are some Lego or children’s building blocks, it’s as simple as that. Now as yesterday’s problem solving activity was all about attention to detail and working as a whole group to complete the puzzle today’s problem solving activity relies more on passage of information, memory  and team work.

Puzzling Picasso’s Problem Solving Exercise

Written by James Carruthers on . Posted in Ice Breakers, Indoor Team Building, Problem Solving


Problem solving Picasso GameThis creative problem solving activity is a great fast paced and hands on game where attention to detail is the key to the guests success. As the trainer you will need to select a piece of art or imagery before the meeting, print it out and cut it into as many pieces as there are guests in the meeting. Something like the Picasso painting shown here is ideal as although there is a lot of detail in the painting the guests will be able to re-create the lines and colours.

Once you have printed out and cut the image into pieces hand the individual pieces out to your guests and inform them that they now need to replicate their individual piece into a larger scaled drawing and once all pieces have been completed the group must put them all together to complete the finished bigger picture.

If you printed the original image out on to A4 then tell the guests that they need to scale their drawings up by 5 or 10 times the size that they have in front of them. The more space they use on their drawing the better so you will just need to work out the scale depending on the paper size that you have.

The Ultimate Game Of Observation

Written by James Carruthers on . Posted in Ice Breakers, Problem Solving, Team Building Games, Team Building Ideas

Happy New Year to you all and welcome back to our team building blog as this is the first post of 2013!team members

Today’s post was prompted by a few games that I played myself over the Christmas break and thought that they would be great games to use within a work scenario and especially as an ice breaker with small groups of up to 10/20 delegates.

Short Stories – Problem Solving Game

Written by James Carruthers on . Posted in Communication, Problem Solving, Team Theory

Most of us don’t think of ourselves as story tellers, yet the truth is that we have all lived and we all have this ability in us! Stories aren’t just in the newspapers – whatever work environment you’re in, stories are the foundation of everything we do. Not only are we all involved in our own personal stories, but they’re a great way of communicating ideas, solving problems and forming friendships. Additionally, stories help us to understand how a situation started, how it progressed and how it concluded, enabling us to learn so we can make better decisions in the future. Short Stories is a task which is for everyone, and an activity which combines team-work with fun in an atmosphere that offers a welcome break from hitting targets and meeting deadlines.