Category Archives: Tips for Trainers

Reverse Pyramid Build

From the Book:  Cup It Up, Team Building with Cups, by Chris Cavert and Barry Thompson Activity Objective:  Build the tallest cup pyramid starting with the top level of a single cup. Facilitated Objective:  Small Group interaction Communication behaviors. Identifying, delegating, and taking on different roles and responsibilities. Encountering and managing failure. Perseverance. Consensus Building. […]

Activity for Gender Awareness

Colors of the Rainbow by Jill Schladweiler (Special thanks to Michelle Cummings for her inspiration and the lovely folks at NCCPS 2019) Ages: all ages and abilities Group size: Suggested size for parts 1 and 2, up to 18, I have done part 3 with 35 people Supplies: space for all people, wide variety of […]

Team Bonding, Team Building or Team Development?

When I do a needs assessment with a potential client, I ask LOTS of questions to see what type of program they are looking for.  And in my mind, there are three common types of programs in our field; Team Bonding, Team Building and Team Development.  Team Bonding refers to fun, recreational programs that may involve some networking […]

Handshakes

I absolutely love the Handshake activity.  It has been around for a long time, and it’s still one I use often.  It has so many great qualities.  Here’s a short list of my favorite attributes: It’s a non-prop partner activity. Works well with large or small groups. With a little creativity, it’s easy to create […]

Lycra Tubes

The Challenge There are a variety of movements that combine teamwork, support, balance, and timing, using this unique piece of challenge equipment.  You can also use this prop for directing the focus of the groups, and during processing and debriefing sessions. Typical Presentation, Storyline, and Metaphor A variety of metaphors can be used with the […]

Concentric Circles

Source:  The new book:  Tag, You’re It, by Michelle Cummings Group size: 16-50 Preparation Time: 5 minutes Time Needed for Activity: 10 minutes Materials: None needed Activity Preparation: Create an open space for play. If you are indoors, put chairs around the perimeter of the room. If you are outside, find an open space to […]

The Blindfold – To Use or Not To Use?

Ah, the blindfold.  To use or not to use…  From the fancy sleep-style mask, the lycra-style blindfold to the good ol’ bandana, there are many things to consider when using blindfolds in a program.   As experiential educators, we usually strive to provide participants voice and choice in the activities we present.   Are we still making […]