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Unite Ambassadors Training Session 4 Plan – Teamwork

By the end of this session participants will:

  • Have participated in fun and exploratory activities with others.
  • Have an appreciation that learning is sometimes best achieved by taking risks and making mistakes.
  • Have taken part in activities that will have been personally challenging.
  • Have learnt the fundamentals of working with others and the benefits of cooperation
Why team work takes work!
Why is it important we build team work skills, what are our aims and goals
Team Building PowerPoint slide 2
5What makes a group a teamDiscuss ideas and talk through ideas on slide 3Team Building PowerPoint slide 3
20Who are we?
Here are a series of activities to help members of the team get to know each other. Choose the ones you want to use.
Drop the Sheet
How to Play:
Create two teams and have two people hold the sheet (or thick blanket) separating the teams so that neither team can see each other.
To begin play, one member of each team will sit/stand very close to the sheet. When the sheet drops, the first person to correctly call out the name of the other team’s player sitting/standing on the either side of the sheet, wins the round ( and wins the other person onto their team).
Three dice
How to Play:
Have the group sit around a table. The first person throws 3 dice then calculates the total score. They must then describe themselves using that number of sentences. The group take turns at this.
Birthday Line Up
How to Play:
Participants line up side-by-side. They first need to get in alphabetical order of their first name. The challenge is the group cannot talk at all.
They can now change around and get in order of age starting with the youngest. To complicate things you may wish to blindfold some of the participants!
One dark coloured twin size flat bed sheet or blanket
3 dice
Couple of blindfolds/scarves
10Working together
Here are some more activities that will help build trust and confidence within the team.
Palm – 4 true and 1 false
How to Play:
Draw around your palm on the paper.
Participants write into the fingers 5 things about themselves - 4 true and 1 false.
The group have to decide which one is false.
Group juggle
How to play
The group stand in an inward facing circle and are asked to throw balls amongst the group. As the activity develops more juggling balls are introduced and the pressure to work well as a group increases.
The game can be extended by the thrower having to shout the name of the person to whom they are throwing the ball.
Group Counting
How to Play:
Invite participants to stand in a circle. The task is for the group to count from 1 to 10 out loud. Each group member shouts out one number at a time. If two people say a number at the same time, the game stops and begins again at 1. Explain that anyone can say a number whenever they wish, although they cannot say two numbers in a row. To begin, ask everyone to close their eyes or focus on the floor in the centre of the circle, then say, Go! If the group get to 10 they might wish to see how far they can get. Part of the learning is the groups’ discovery about how to solve this difficult task.
A4 paper
6 balls (tennis ball size but larger balls will also work)
5ReflectionDid the group feel able to trust and support one another?
Why was this? What did they do in order to give support?
10Roles and Personalities
Point out to the group that effective teams rely on members taking on different roles within the team. Team members offer different strengths and qualities through their personalities. Encourage participants to think about their personalities they do the next activity.
Shoe Tower
How to Play:
This is a team challenge activity. Split the group into smaller teams of 4-6 people. Get everyone to take their shoes off. Using the shoes available to their team, they must construct the tallest tower. The team with the tallest tower at the end of the time wins the challenge. It is recommended that you give participants about five minutes to complete the challenge.
Participants’ shoes
5ReflectionDiscussion: What personalities have emerged?Team Building PowerPoint Slides 4 and 5
15Working Together (continued)
Use these activities to practise the actions we can take to ensure that we work together effectively.
Helium Stick
How to Play:
This is a team challenge activity game for all of the participants. The tam is given a “helium stick” (a straight stick or pole about 2 or 3 m in length) which they must lower to the ground, using just their index fingers. All participants must remain in contact with it at all times – what seems like a simple task, can become incredibly frustrating and funny for all involved - especially spectators!.
Human Knot
How to Play:
Have everyone in the team stand in a circle facing each other. Each player should be standing shoulder to shoulder with closed eyes. First, have all the team members lift their left hand and reach across to take the hand of someone standing across the circle. Next, have everyone lift their right and reach across to take the hand of another person standing across the circle. Make sure that no one is holding hands with someone standing directly beside them.
The team must now try to untangle themselves without letting go of anyone’s hand.
“helium stick” (metal pole of a tent, bamboo cane or any straight stick about 2 or 3 m in length)
Team Building PowerPoint Slide 6
5ConclusionsRecap some of the important ideas about team building and working together. Use Team Building PowerPoint Slides 7 and 8Team Building PowerPoint Slides 7 and 8