Indoor Team Building Activities in 30 Minutes

by Laurel Handfield

For a sports team, co-workers or students in the classroom, success depends on how well your team works together. Individual team members should have each other's assistance to achieve a common goal, but that doesn't always happen. Hands-on team-building activities ensure each member's participation. There are a few options for quick, simple indoor team-building activities you can complete in 30 minutes.

Students

Students not involved in sports may lack the team-spirit mentality, because of individual competitive pressure. To help with students' teamwork, create a group project where one student’s success depends on another student. For instance, give the class 20 minutes to create a short story where each student adds a section. The story can't move along until the first student has completed his section. The other students can help him. The story is only completed when each student has added his section.

Corporate

Workers may spend unproductive time blaming each other for their department's failure to meet a common goal, resulting in a loss of sales or clients, and a loss of group unity. Management recognizes the importance of team-building and may offer workshops. One team-building activity that avoids the blame game and promotes unity is having department members sit in a circle. Without hostility, each member explains what you need for a successful team. Have each individual briefly describe his part in a recent failure and also a recent success of a common goal. This short activity stresses recognizing individual attributes and faults, without blaming others.

Kids

Team-building activities are not only designed for adults--children can take part in them too. The earlier you instill these values, the easier they're used later in life. It's important that children build individual talents and skills, but teamwork is equally essential. Use group activity games to encourage teamwork, such as an indoor classroom scavenger hunt. Make a short list of items, such as pencils, eraser and chalk. Place the children in groups and send one child from each group on the scavenger hunt. The other kids in the group can help by shouting out the item's possible location. When the first child finds her item, it's the next child’s turn and then the next until they've found the entire list.

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About the Author

Laurel Handfield has authored numerous fiction and nonfiction articles for "Guide" and "Bumples" magazine. Although she has been writing for years, her career officially began in 2003 with the release of her first novel, "My Diet Starts Tomorrow." She graduated from Cheyney University with a bachelor's degree in marketing. It was there she became serious about writing.