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Team Building Activities for a Family Group

by Carrie Perles

Creating the feeling of teamwork within your family is an important goal. Whether you're looking for some fun activities for a large family reunion or just a small family trying to build up a team feeling, consider trying some structured team-building activities that are perfect for family members of all ages.

Blind Man's Walk

This activity is the perfect game to play in pairs, especially in a safe place with some obstacles--like a park. Pair off family members and blindfold one member of each pair. Challenge the pairs to make it from one point to another. The seeing partner cannot touch the blindfolded partner and must guide her purely by speaking to her. For example, she might say, "Take a step up...that's it ... now there's a rock to your left, make sure you don't trip on it ... move a bit to the right ... good, now keep on walking straight." Congratulate all pairs that make it to the destination.

Sharing Your Fears

Each member of the family should write down a personal fear or worry on a small piece of paper. Encourage them to be honest and to write down a real concern. After collecting the papers, read them through anonymously and discuss them as a family. While you won't know who wrote down each fear or worry, you can talk about how to help all members of the family in whatever area is being discussed. For example, if one family member wrote about a fear of being teased, you can discuss what everyone in the family can do to minimize teasing.

Family Storytelling

For this activity, all family members should sit in a circle. Place interesting pictures from family albums or magazines into a large bag. Pass the bag around and let each family member choose one, but do not let them look at the pictures yet. Then let one family member begin by looking at her picture and telling a story that involves the people or objects in her picture. Then move in order around the circle, letting each family member continue the story, making sure to include the people or objects in his picture.

About the Author

Keren (Carrie) Perles is a freelance writer with professional experience in publishing since 2004. Perles has written, edited and developed curriculum for educational publishers. She writes online articles about various topics, mostly about education or parenting, and has been a mother, teacher and tutor for various ages. Perles holds a Bachelor of Arts in English communications from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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