Category Archives: Tips for Trainers

CrowdWords Letter Swap

Letter Swap Purpose/Focus:  Introductions or Reflection Props Needed:  CrowdWords cards Grouping:  10+ people Overview:  Get to know people through random discussion starters. Facilitation Process: Each Participant is given a CrowdWords card to start the exercise. When the activity starts, participants will eventually exchange their CrowdWords card with each new partner they meet. Ask participants to […]

Bucket Bullseye

Props Needed: Boundary Rope, multiple tossable items of various shapes, sizes and bounce-ability, several rope circles and a few buckets of various sizes. For a group of 20 participants, at least 100 tossable items is recommended. (i.e. bouncy balls, koosh balls, rubber chickens, hackey sacks, bean bags, etc.) Space needed: Large, open space Set Up: […]

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 […]