Unusual Team Building Activities

Written by Aaron

Laughtercise Owner & Facilitator of Fun

My name is Aaron and we’re Laughtercise. As you can tell by our name, we’re a bit unusual.

Who wants the usual all the time?! Not us and not the teams who play our unusual team building activities! πŸ‘‡

 

team playing unusual team building activityΒ  Β team playing unusual team building activity

team playing unusual team building activityΒ  team playing unusual team building activity

 

“Every new experience is unusual, the rest of life is just sleep and meetings”

John Twelve Hanks

 

Whether you’re looking for unusual team building activities to facilitate yourself or for team building companies to facilitate, this resource is for you.

 

 

For a full guide on all things team building, check out our huge Fun Team Building Activities resource ⚑

 

What are unusual team building activities?

 

Unusual team building activities are ones that your team and colleagues will not have done before. Activities that raises eyebrows and brings out laughter! Picking an unusual team building activity will take your team by surprise and create the ‘wow’ factor. Examples of unusual team building activities that you can do in-house are the ‘pencil pouting’ and ‘head, shoulders, knees, CUP’ games πŸ‘‡

 

team playing an unusual team building activityΒ  Β  team playing an unusual team building activity

person playing an unusual team building activityΒ  Β team playing an unusual team building activity

 

Examples of unusual team building activities provided by external facilitators are Laughtercise, Kidnap the MD and a CSI event! πŸ‘‡

team doing CSI

 

Seven Unusual Team Building Activities (that you can facilitate yourself)

 

All these activities have been tried and tested on thousands of people in our Laughtercise Corporate Team Building Workshops. They go down a treat and certainly tick the unusual box βœ…

 

Head, Shoulders, Knees & CUP!

 

Let’s start with the best. This game is WILD and will create smiles in your team like you’ve never seen before! Check out several teams playing this game πŸ‘‡

 

You can even ramp up the fun by adding chocolate! Look how wild it got when a team battled it out for crème eggs.

 

You will need:

πŸ“ Paper cups (1 per two people)

πŸ“ To line up tables so everyone can be facing each other (like in the videos)

Instructions:

πŸ“ Instruct each person to face another person

πŸ“Β Tell everyone that you will be shouting out β€˜head’, β€˜shoulders’ and β€˜knees’ and they have to follow the instruction

πŸ“ Tell everyone that when you shout β€˜cup’, they have to grab the cup. First person to grab it wins!

πŸ“ Rotate everyone so they don’t continually face the same person

πŸ“ Tell everyone to count how many wins they have!

πŸ“Β  The person who has the most wins, is the winner! Or, and this is exciting…you can have the two people who have the most wins compete in the ‘grand final’. Whoever wins, is the champion!

This is what your team will look like playing this game πŸ‘‡

team playing cup gameΒ  Β team playing cup game

team playing cup gameΒ  Β team playing cup game

 

Pencil Pouting & Pencil Pushers!

 

Which team member is the best pencil pusher? Who has the strongest pout?

Playing these games will answer these questions πŸ˜‚

Check out several teams having pencil fun! πŸ‘‡

 

 

Pencil Pushers Instructions

πŸ“ Step 1 – Split your group into two teams (or more teams if you have more than 20 people)

πŸ“ Step 2 – Place one empty drinks bottle on a table for each team

πŸ“ Step 3 – Give two pencils to each person and instruct them to place the pencil like in the below picture πŸ‘‡

team posing with pencils

πŸ“ Step 4 – Instruct everyone that they have to get both pencils into the bottle (like in the video)

πŸ“ Step 5 – Make sure you put some pencils in the water bottles before you start to weigh the bottles down

πŸ“ Step 6 – First team with all their pencils in the bottle wins 😁

 

Pencil Pouting Instructions

πŸ“ Step 1 – Split your group into two teams (or more teams if you have more than 20 people)

πŸ“ Step 2 – Place one empty drinks bottle on a table for each team

πŸ“ Step 3 – Give a pencil to each person and instruct them to place the pencil like in the below picture πŸ‘‡

person posing with pencil

For both games, you will need:

πŸ“ Two pencils per person

πŸ“ Two empty bottles (non-glass!), more if you have +20 people

 

You can also do a variation where every person has a pencil in their mouth! 😁

person posing with pencil

 

Tissue Mayhem & Pass The Clap!

 

How fast can your team work together? How competitive are they vs each other?!Β  These two games will answer these questions (and create lots of laughter!)

 

Tissue Mayhem Instructions

You will need:

πŸ“ One tissue box per player (make sure its the similar kind of box to the one in the video)

πŸ“ Tables for the tissue boxes to be placed on

Instructions:

πŸ“ Step 1 – Decide on whether you’ll play this game 1v1 or as a relay (like in the video)

πŸ“ Step 2 – Make sure you get the first tissue ready to be plucked from each box

πŸ“ Step 3 – Instruct each player that they can only use one hand to remove tissues (one hand to remove the tissues and the other hand on the box)

πŸ“ Step 4 – Instruct everyone that they can only remove 1 tissue at a time

πŸ“ Step 5 – Make sure no one does any digging with their hand to pluck out loads at once!

πŸ“ Step 6 – Get players started on your command and get ready for the mess! 😁

This is what your team will look like playing this game πŸ‘‡

team doing team building gameΒ  Β team doing team building game

team doing team building gameΒ  Β  team doing team building game

 

Pass The Clap Instructions

You will need:

πŸ“ All your team to be standing in a circle (like in the video)

**There are multiple levels to this game**

Level 1 instructions:

πŸ“ Step 1 – Tell everyone that they will be timed how fast they can pass a clap around the circle. Pick someone to clap first. As soon as they clap, the person on their left has to clap. Then the person on their left, and so on etc.

πŸ“ Step 2 – Make sure the first person to clap goes exactly on your command to go

πŸ“ Step 3 – Get them started and time them!

πŸ“ Step 4 – Give them 5 goes to post the fastest time

πŸ“ Step 5 – Play the game at a later date and see if they can beat their previous PB!

Level 2 instructions:

πŸ“ Step 1 – Tell everyone that they will be timed how fast they can pass a ‘low ten’ and ‘high ten’ around the circle (like in the video). Pick someone to go first to pass on a ‘low ten’ to the person to their left. After receiving the ‘low ten’, that person then has to pass a ‘high ten’ to the person on their left. This needs to go around the circle (low to high to low to high etc.) until it returns to the starting person.

πŸ“ Steps 2 to 5 – Same as level 1

This is what your team will look like playing this game πŸ‘‡

team doing pass the clapΒ  Β  team doing pass the clap

team doing pass the clapΒ  Β Β  team doing pass the clap

 

Drawing Ahead

 

This is a brilliant and bitesize activity. It can take less than 5 minutes:

 

You will need:

πŸ“Β 1 paper plate (or piece of card) per person

πŸ“Β 1 pen per person

Instructions:

πŸ“ Step 1 – Instruct everyone to put their paper plate on their headΒ 

πŸ“ Step 2 – Instruct everyone to draw a picture on the paper plate. You can pick what picture they draw. Maybe you’re talking about customer care and you can get everyone to draw a smiling customer. Or if it’s Easter, get them to draw an Easter egg

πŸ“ Step 3 – Instruct everyone to write their name underneath their drawing

πŸ“Β Step 4 – Give them 1 minute and get them to draw!

πŸ“ Step 5 – After 1 minute, ask everyone to remove the plate and show to everyone around themΒ 

This is what your team will look like playing this game πŸ‘‡πŸ˜

team doing plate gameΒ  Β  team doing drawing ahead

 

Switch Hands

 

This game will challenge brain cells! How fast can you switch??

Check out what a team looks like playing these kinds of games.Β 

 

Unusual Team Building Activities From External Providers

 

Listed below are some unusual activities that come to you, provided by team building businesses who can cover most of the UK.

 

Laughtercise

Would you like your team to play all the activities listed above? Would you like to get your team sounding like this? πŸ‘‡

 

Would you like your team to look like this? πŸ‘‡

happy teamΒ  Β  happy team

happy teamΒ  Β  happy team

 

And feeling like this? πŸ‘‡

 

If yes, it’s time to get your team ‘Laughtercised’ with one of our Corporate Team Building Workshops.

Laughtercise are the most impactful team building activity provider in the UK and πŸ‘‰ here are 8 reasons why πŸ‘ˆ

happy teamΒ  Β  happy team

happy teamΒ  Β  happy team

 

Kidnap Your MD

Designed in the eyes of the CIA, MI5 and military special operatives, this event will have teams on the edge of their seats. Can your team successful extract your MD?

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Click here for the full details

 

CSI: Forensic Challenge

This is your chance to unravel a mystery using some of the latest forensic detective technology. Can your team identify the murderer and motive…?

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Click here for the full details

 

And that’s an unusual team building wrap!

For a full guide on all things team building, check out our huge Fun Team Building Activities resource ⚑

 

We hope that was an unusual experience for you! 😁

Unusual Regards,

Aaron & Team Laughtercise

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