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Amanda Gooch

Amanda Gooch

April 1, 2024

The spring season of our school year comes with high expectations. Many students are excited and motivated to learn. Several, however, need to have strategies in place that will allow them to continue to build up relationship skills and encourage them to work together. 

The activities below can encourage students to build their relationships with each other through team-building activities that are fun and engaging and reinforce collaboration, communication, social interaction and creativity. Here are some engaging and developmentally appropriate team building activities:

  1. Animal Charades - Children take turns acting out different animals while their peers guess what animal they are pretending to be. This activity encourages teamwork, creativity, and non-verbal communication.

  2. Obstacle Course - Set up a simple obstacle course using cones, hula hoops, tunnels, and balance beams. Children work together in teams to navigate the course, helping each other and cheering on their teammates.

  3. Group Art Project - Provide a large piece of paper or canvas and art supplies such as paint, markers, and collage materials. Children collaborate to create a mural or collage, taking turns adding their own artistic touches.

  4. Outdoor Scavenger Hunt - Create a list of natural items for children to find and collect outdoors, such as leaves, rocks, flowers, or sticks. Children work together in small groups to search for items and check them off their list.

  5. Team Challenges - Set up group challenges such as building the tallest tower using only spaghetti noodles and marshmallows or creating a bridge to span a gap using only paper and tape. Children collaborate to brainstorm ideas and work together to complete the challenge.

These team building activities provide opportunities for children to develop important character skills while having fun and building positive relationships with their peers. To learn more about team building activities and games for kids, visit this link: Team Building Activities

We are excited to help end the year strong with you all as we continue to be “bucket-fillers” for our students. We truly believe many of these team building activities and games are a reflection of Tammy Pawloski’s focus on how much we matter to the field of education. Our play based bucket filling activities set the foundation for our student’s futures as we help them to reach their goals and dreams every day. For more bucket filler activities that encourage kindness in your classrooms, visit this link: Bucket Filler Activities

If you have an epic team building or bucket-filler activity that you do with your students please let us know. We would love to come to your centers and see the incredible work that you do for children in Indian River County. 

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