Team Building Activities

Team building activities are useful for improving team dynamics, building trust, and facilitating communication and teamwork. Here are a few activities The Food Project uses in our youth crews, including hints and suggestions for modifying the games for specific audiences, such as school programs, corporate meetings, and more.

Here are a few select games to get you started:

  • 123=12: Builds teamwork as the group attempts to solve a riddle. Risk: Medium. Group Size: 8 – 20. Time: 15 – 45 mins.
  • The Food Project Baseball: Builds teamwork and communication; breaks the ice in a new group. Risk: Low. Group Size: 20+. Time: 10 mins.
  • Assemble the Square: Great for breaking the ice with a new group. Risk: Low. Group Size: 20+. Time: 10 mins.
  • Evacuation: Builds teamwork through problem solving by all team members. Risk: Medium. Group Size: 10 – 20. Time: 10 – 15 mins.
  • Lily Pads: Requires decision making, planning, communication, and helping others as they share a physical activity. Risk: Medium. Group Size: 8+. Time: 30–60 mins.

Want More?
For more team building activities, please see our book Growing Together.

Want to learn more about how we create youth leadership development models in the context of farming, our social justice curriculum, and our food access initiatives? Attend one of our Institutes!