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5 Great Team Games for Kids

Get a large group of kids together and a little chaos is bound to ensue! But fun with friends – the opportunity to discover new things, play, and get a little messy as part of a group – is one of the things kids enjoy the most.

Team building games for kids are therefore a great way to bring a little order to the chaos and have a whole lot of fun in the process!

These five team games for children aren’t just great for making a party or gathering special and exciting – they’re also fun ways to really get your kids focused on communicating, building trust, and organising themselves as a team. Each of these kids team games is best for approximately six children or more.

Since outdoor team building games for kids can get a little boisterous, you might want to make sure you have a little Persil small & mighty and some of our stain removing tips to hand – mud and grass stains mustn’t be allowed to let the side down!  

Remember that all these games should be played with adult supervision, and make sure that all the children understand the rules before beginning a new game.

 

1. Caterpillar Races

What you need:

Teams of three or more children; a start and a finish line.

How to play:

  1. Each member of the team sits behind each other in a line with their legs outstretched in front of them – like a caterpillar!
  2. Everyone except the ‘leader’ at the head of the team takes hold of the feet of the person sitting behind them.
  3. When the start of the race is announced, everyone must work together to move forward and reach the finish line first.

Alternatively: In a standing version, everyone places their hands on the person in front of them, and jumps forward in a rippling motion, one after the other. The person at the end shouts the name of the ‘leader’ when they’ve moved to let the person at the head know to jump forward again.

Optionally: Build in obstacles, or make the teams repeat the same process but backwards once they reach the finishing line.

 

2. Tangle Team Trials

What you need:

A group of six or more children and a stopwatch

How to play:

  1. Get all the kids to stand in a circle
  2. Ask each child to stretch out their right hand and grab the hand of someone standing roughly opposite.
  3. Now, ask them to stretch out their left hand and grab the hand of someone at least two people to your left.
  4. Start the clock and watch everyone race to untangle themselves back out into a circle – without breaking hands – as fast as possible.

Optionally: This game can be played in two or more groups, racing against each other.

 

3. Quick Sand

What you need:

Six or more children; blindfolds; items or sheets of paper for use as obstacles, a start and a finish line

How to play:

  1. Group the children into two teams.
  2. Get the ‘leader’ of the team to stand at the finish line and the rest of the team to line up at the start line.
  3. Place ‘obstacles’ throughout the area in between the start and finish line. This area is now a ‘swamp’, and the obstacles are ‘quicksand’.
  4. In each team, the first person starting the game puts on a blindfold. The leader at the finish line must talk them through the swamp.
  5. If players hit any quicksand they must go back to end of the team line at the start, and the next person in the line starts their turn.
  6. Each time a player reaches the finishing line they become the ‘leader’ for the next player.
  7. The first team to direct all their players across the swamp wins.

 

4. Scavenger Hunts

What you need:

Teams of two or more children; a list of objects that can be ‘found’ in the vicinity (and a bag to put them in), or ‘briefs’ for photos the teams must take (and a camera or smartphone).

How to play:

  1. Give each team a list of items to find in a particular area; or a list of photographs that they need to take.
  2. Make the list of items as simple or vague as age appropriate. While younger children might appreciate simple cues, like “A red watering can”, older kids can be challenged with riddles or something which calls for a little creativity, like “Something with a face and two hands – but no arms or legs” (a clock). You can check out our article on scavenger hunting here for more ideas!
  3. The first team to collect all the items and return to ‘home base’ wins.

 

5. Noisy Neighbours

What you need:

Teams of two or more children; blindfolds.

How to play:

  1. Ask each child pair of children to choose one animal noise and one vehicle noise.
  2. Have each pair share their noises with the group to make sure there are no duplicates.
  3. Direct one half of each pair to move opposite ends of the room.
  4. Ask everyone to put on blindfolds.
  5. Now, each person has to find his partner, using only their chosen noise to locate each other.
  6. When a pair finds each other they must sit down back to back.
  7. The game ends when everyone has found each other.

What kind of team building activities for kids did you do when you were younger? Were any particularly memorable? Why not share your thoughts with us below.  

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