Who's Team are you On?

Team building activities for kids can help improve social and problem solving skills while allowing them to have fun. These games can be done at birthday parties, class rooms or by the lake at a summer camp. The ones listed here are good for those who don't mind a little competition, but if you don't like "winner/loser" games, included is one where everyone's on the same team. Competition is good at bringing out the best in an individual, but when it comes to social skills and how to treat others, games where everyone works together can teach them how to give constructive ideas, improving the group as a whole. Here are a few classic games that have these qualities.


This is how they play hide-and-seek in bizzaro world. A more appropriate name might've been seek-and-hide because that's basically what's happening. A group of kids choose one person to hide while everyone else counts to ten or however long it'll take the person to find a decent hiding spot. For this game to be successfully implemented, you'd have to factor in the number of people playing with the size of the play area: the more kids, the bigger the space. Once they're done counting, they each try to find the person hiding. When a person finds him, they join and hide too. This continues until there's only one person left (the loser). The name of the game sardines comes from how everyone appears to be packed together like the canned fish in one tiny hiding space. This would be a fun 13th birthday party idea. Sardines can be played indoors with the lights turned off, or outside on a nice sized piece of land.

The Pulse Game

A good team building activity for kids is the pulse game. You'd typically have a group of kids divide into two teams. This is one of those the more people the better type of games again. Each team lines up opposite each other holding hands. Say you have twenty kids, you'd have two lines of ten facing each other with each holding the hands of their teammates. An adult would act as referee and have a coin ready to flip in view of the first members of each team; everyone else would have their eyes shut so they wouldn't see the outcome of the flip. You'd pick a side, either heads or tails, to indicate when the pulse begins. When the coin lands on the designated side, the first players of each team squeezes the hand of the next, starting a chain-reaction until the last person's hand is squeezed. That person then would pick up a token at the end of the line gaining a point for his team. Now if the coin flipped and landed on the wrong side, but the person squeezed her teammates hand, a point would go to the other team. It's the type of game where you might hope you're lucky and squeeze before the coin has landed, but if you're wrong then your team pays for it.

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Human Knot

This classic game lets kids communicate with each other while developing problem solving skills in a team environment. Everyone forms a circle and places a hand in the middle (love these hand games). You'll need an even number of players as each person needs to find an empty hand. They then need to place the other hand into the circle making contact with someone else. If the kids are unacquainted with each other, it'd be a good idea to require they use names when trying to figure out how to untangle themselves. Although it's possible a leader will step-up and give directions to the other kids, it's best if everyone had a suggestion on how to get untangle.

Let's Get Together

Team building activities for kids can help fill a summer party or a birthday with stuff to do if things begin to drag. They make good time-fillers if the main event of a party hasn't arrived yet. And instead of kids going off doing their own things, it gives them a context to be sociable solving problems while having fun. Although electronics for kids can be educational fun, it's nice to be able to talk to another human every once in awhile.

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