30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (2022)

I always remember the initial anxiety about meeting new people at the beginning of each school year. Looking for a familiar face or someone I could relate to. And just as it is awkward for adults to step into a meeting or an event with people you have never met, it is no different for kids.

Team building activities for kids are an easy way to engage students and support students who struggle with communication and social skills. Interactive games and activities are recommended on the first day of school and throughout the year to encourage teamwork and collaboration.

Looking for fun and educational kits for kids? Check out our Favorite Subscription Boxes for Kids

1. Silent Line Up

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (1)

What parent or teacher doesn't love a silent game? Students have to line up based on personal facts about themselves, but the objective is to do it silently! Students can line up based on age, birthdays, or letters in their names.

Learn more: Line of Silence

2. Team Scavenger Hunt

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (2)

This is a fun activity to get students to work collaboratively. Scavenger hunts require communication, strategizing skills, and teamwork! Divide students up into teams (3-4 teams based on group size) and provide them with clues to see who can solve them the fastest.

Learn more: Indoor Scavenger Hunt for Kids Free Printable - Thrifty NW Mom

3. Hula Hoop Pass

In this activity, students have to use their bodies to pass a hula hoop. Students will stand side-by-side in a line holding hands. Put a hula hoop on the arm of the first person. The objective of this game is for students to get the hula hoop down the line while still holding hands. What a great way to build teamwork and practice communication!

Learn more: Hula Hoop Pass

4. Blind Mice

Grade 1 guiding a partner over the obstacle course. #adventure #PhysEd @UWCSEA_East pic.twitter.com/646uLaUbcJ

— Sam Mitchell 🇨🇳🇸🇬🇫🇷🏞️🚴(she, her, elle) (@sammiemitch1973) May 3, 2019

Test your listening, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. Set up a simple obstacle course and break students up into teams. One team member will complete the obstacle course while their teammates give them verbal instructions. Students can play for fun or you can set a time limit for a challenge.

Learn more: P.E. Universe

5. Trust Ball

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (3)

This is another silent game for kids that promotes communication and teamwork skills. Students stand in a circle and try to pass the ball around to every student without using any words or sounds. The objective of the game is to get the ball to everyone without dropping the ball. If the ball drops, you have to start over! Each student should hold up a finger to represent how many times they’ve had the ball. Healthy competition can be held between teams to determine how many times they can pass the ball to everyone in the circle without dropping it. The team that passes the ball the most wins.

6. Build it Challenge

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (4)

One of the best ways to improve team-building skills is working together to solve a problem. Fill baskets for each team with random supplies (cups, popsicle, sticks, tape, etc.) Students build the tallest tower using all of the materials in the basket. The tallest tower wins!

Learn more: Tower Challenge

7. Lego Challenge

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (5)

The things you can do with Legos! Break your students into teams and challenge them to create a structure (robot, building, house, etc.) in a set amount of time.

Learn more: 60 Second Lego Challenge

8. Relay Races

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (6)

There are so many different ways you can get students to work collaboratively with relay races! This outdoor activity is fun, challenging, and requires students to be able to solve problems while working together as a team. For the different relay, race ideas check out 45 Fun Relay Races.

Learn more: Kid Activities

9. Community projects

Students working together for a greater cause is a great way to build a community while serving others. Students can build social and life skills while painting a gate in the community or planting a community garden. Allow students to come up with some ideas based on the needs of their community.

Learn more: Amber Melanie Smith

10. Marshmallow Challenge

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (7)

Although the supplies needed for this activity are simple, the task is challenging! Teams have to build a standing tower using marshmallows, toothpicks or spaghetti, tape, and string. The tallest standing tower wins!

Learn more: Play Meo

11. Compass Walk

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (8)

This activity requires trust! Students have to rely on the direction and guidance of their partners. Break students into pairs. Identify a certain object for students to walk to, this could be a construction cone, chair, or a tree. One student closes their eyes while their partner walks alongside guiding them with verbal directions.

Learn more: Play Meo

12. Lean Walk Challenge

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (9)

Lean Walk Challenge is another challenge that builds trust between partners. Designate a finish line and pair students. Students lean into each other (shoulder-shoulder) and try to walk to the finish line.

Learn more: Play Meo

13. Rock, Paper, Scissor Challenge

This is one of my favorite challenges to do with all grades and ages. Everyone starts out in pairs. Each pair plays a game of rock, paper scissors. The winner of the game goes to find another winner, while the person who loses follows the winner and becomes their cheerleader. The game ends with two people competing while their cheerleaders cheer on all the people they beat. Whoever wins in the match against the last two people wins the challenge.

14. Guess Who

Listening skills, communication, and memorization are all the skills needed to win this game. To prepare for this activity, have students write down one special fact about themselves and collect each fact. Give students a set amount of time to find a partner and a set time to talk to that partner. After every student has paired, bring everyone back together. Students will guess who the special fact is about based on the conversations they had with each student. Whoever matches the most facts with the correct students win.

15. Making Connections

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (10)

Students complete a task while looking for common interests. Pick one student to start the connection. The student stands with one hand on the hip and then speaks a statement about himself. Any student who shares the same statement will appear and establish contact with the student. Next, the second student shares a statement and so on, until everyone is standing in a straight line connected by the arm.

Learn more: Play Meo

16. Over the Electric Fence

Problem-solving is more fun when you’re doing it together. Students have to strategize a way to get over the electric fence while staying connected. Tie the two chairs together with rope. The string should be about 3 feet off the ground. Break students into groups of 3 or 4. Give students a set amount of time to figure out how to get over the fence.

Learn more: Book Widgets

17. Escape the Classroom

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (11)

Groups will have to solve clues to figure out how to escape the room. Create a set of different clues around the classroom. Groups will go around the room searching and solving the clues that will lead them to victory!

Learn more: Book Widgets

18. Shrinking Classroom

Divide your classroom into two groups and assign students to each group. Use ropes to set boundaries for each group. Start by moving the rope to reduce the student's standing space. The objective of this competitive activity is for students to find a way to stay inside the boundaries as it shrinks. The group that finds a way to stay in the smallest space wins!

Learn more: Book Widgets

19. Blind Artist

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (12)

In this activity, students have to rely on their partner’s communication skills to draw a picture. Pair students and instruct them to sit back-to-back. One student will instruct their partner to draw a picture. When the timer goes off, students will compare their pictures to see how well their partner was listening.

Learn more: Book Widgets

20. Falling Trees

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (13)

Falling trees is a game of trust. One student stands in the middle of a close circle surrounded by classmates. The student stiffly falls forward or backward, as the student falls one of his classmates catches them and pushes them to the other side of the circle. The goal is not to drop the tree.

Learn more: Book Widgets

21. Build a Story

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (14)

Build a story is a creative way to get students to work collaboratively. This activity is great for kids over the age of 7 to develop their interpersonal skills. Teams will work together to write a story. Each student will be responsible for building a different part of the story. Stories can be shared once they are finished.

Learn more: Everything Mom

22. Crossing the Line

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (15)

This is activity is harder than it seems. Students have to figure out how to cross a line, but the catch is they have to cross the line all at the same time. Communication, patience, and strategy are needed to complete this task.

Learn more: Everything Mom

23. Karaoke Routine

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (16)

Yes! Karaoke is a team-building activity! It’s a silly way to collaborate while showing off your singing skills. Students are split into groups and they have to pick a song to perform. Creating dance routines, assigning roles, and adding props are fun ways to bring this activity to life.

Learn more: Everything Mom

24. Murder Mystery

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (17)

Who doesn’t enjoy solving a mystery? Create clues and pick a theme for your murder mystery. Assign characters to students and encourage them to dress the part!

Learn more: Everything Mom

25. Thankful Challenge

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (18)

This is an indoor team-building activity that can be done throughout the year to reinforce community dynamics. Pair students and tell them they have 3 minutes to find something in the room to gift to their partner. Students have to find a gift and find a way to wrap it in 3 minutes. The person that finishes the fastest wins.

Learn more: Everything Mom

26. Building a Card Tower

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (19)

Students have to build a standing tower using a deck of cards. Students can get creative with the structure of their towers, but the only rule is that they can only use cards!

Learn more: Feel Good Teaching

27. Teamwork: Stack Cup

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (20)

All you need for this activity are cups, rubber bands, and string. Stack the six cups only using the strings! Each student will be given a cup with a rubber band and string attached to it. Each student is responsible for stacking their cup using only the string. The first team to finish wins.

Learn more: Ms. Sepp's Counselor Corner

28. Straw Bridge Challenge

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (21)

Students work together to build a bridge using straws, popsicle sticks, and tape. Arrange a time for students to plan and build. Once the bridges are done, the real challenge begins! Bridges that can bear the weight of objects will win!

Learn more: Take The Straw Bridge Challenge!

29. A Top of the Tower

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (22)

This is another activity that requires students to work as a team to plan and build. Using pencils and tape, students will build a tower that is strong enough to hold an object of their choice. The object can be a stuffed animal or a small action figure.

Learn more: Elementary Island Blog

30. Paper Chain Race

30 Creative Team Building Activities for Kids - Teaching Expertise (23)

This activity ends with a highly anticipated race! Students race to create the longest paper chain they can create in a set amount of time (Younger students will need more time). Arrange each set of paper chains to compare the length. Whatever team has the longest paper chain wins.

Learn more: The Math Chick

Team building activities and games for kids help build trust while also promoting communication, problem-solving, and team skills. All these activity ideas for kids are easy to do in a classroom, hallway, or outdoors and are easy to set up. See the excitement and determination in your students as they take on different challenges. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a team-building activity?

A team-building activity is a task that motivates people to work together. Strengths are revealed through completing a task together.

What are some fun team building activities for kids?

Fun team-building activities engage and motivate students to complete a task. The keyword is fun! When participating in activities, students will be more comfortable exploring their own challenges and advantages.

How do you teach kids teamwork?

Kids learn teamwork the same way they learn any other skill, which is practice. Providing students with activities that require them to work together maximizes communication, problem-solving skills, and teamwork skills.

What makes a good team?

A good team should run like a well-oiled machine. Qualities of a good team are communicating well with each other, focusing on a common goal and results, and everyone doing their equal share.

Top Articles

You might also like

Latest Posts

Article information

Author: Gregorio Kreiger

Last Updated: 08/26/2022

Views: 5699

Rating: 4.7 / 5 (77 voted)

Reviews: 92% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Gregorio Kreiger

Birthday: 1994-12-18

Address: 89212 Tracey Ramp, Sunside, MT 08453-0951

Phone: +9014805370218

Job: Customer Designer

Hobby: Mountain biking, Orienteering, Hiking, Sewing, Backpacking, Mushroom hunting, Backpacking

Introduction: My name is Gregorio Kreiger, I am a tender, brainy, enthusiastic, combative, agreeable, gentle, gentle person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.