Teamwork

Teamwork or working together is essential in every age group. It is important to learn how to work with other at a young age, because together we are stronger. Here you will find an overview of workshops and games which you can use to stimulate teamwork.

Age 8+

Life skill(s): Teamwork

Age group: 8+

Number of participants: 16

Location: Basketball field, volleyball field

Time: 30 minutes

Material:

  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Canvases or fabric
  • 2 tables

Description:

Crazy basketball

Preparation: Place a table in front of both nets

Divide the group in two teams. Play a game of basketball by its original, classic rules. There is just one additional rule in this version: both teams have to pick one player and he/she is standing on one of the tables. Only this player is allowed to throw the ball through the basket!

Crazy volleyball

Cover the volleyball net with the canvases so you are not able anymore to see the other side of the net. Then play volleyball by it’s original rules.

Age 6 to 12

Life skill(s): Teamwork/working together

Age group: 6-12

Number of participants: +/-6 kids per group

Space: Big room or space for multiple games

Time: 5-10 minutes per game

Material:

  • Boomwhackers
  • Coloured ice lolly sticks
  • Coloured rope
  • Markers
  • A strong rope for tug of war
  • Thin rope
  • Music box
  • Enough supervisors (1 or 2 per group)

Description:

Originally this session was done like a circuit with a rotating system. This means you will need 10 supervisors (2 for each group). If you do not have enough supervisors, you can work with one group and do all the activities one by one. Choose what fits your situation best.

Boomwhackers

Make music with each other. You can use the music sheet that comes with the music or come up with a melody yourself.

Crafting

This activity is about making friendship puppets. Give every kid 2 ice lolly sticks, 4 pieces of coloured rope and a marker. The ice lolly sticks are the body of the puppet. The rope can be tied around the stick to create arms and legs. With the marker the kids can draw a face on their puppet. When they have made to puppets, they can tie the arms together, as if the puppets are holding hands to make friendship puppets.

Tug of war / limbo dancing

Classic tug of war to practice teamwork.

Limbo dancing: two kids at the same time, with their arms hooked into each other

Relay race

Tie the feet of two children together (1 foot per kid) using the thin rope. Which pair reaches the finish the first? You can expand the game by using a bigger parcours, or by making ‘pairs’ of three children

Dancing

  1. Put some music on and let the children dance, perhaps making their own dance
  2. Or play the following dancing game: Make a big circle, with one person standing in the middle. Sing the following song (person in the middle, whole group) I want, I want You want I want, I want You want I want this boy/girl (Points to someone in the circle) to come and do like this (Show a funny and easy move that the person you are pointing at has to copy. Switch places with the person you pointed at. He or she has to continue doing this move while the rest of the group continues singing) Like so, like so. Like so, like so. Like so!  The person who is now dancing in the middle starts all over again with the song.

Ending

End with all the groups together and finish the session while dancing to ‘if you’re happy and you know it’ or with a powerful energizer, like the hooligan.

Age 12+

Life skill(s): Teamwork

Age group: 12+

Number of particpants: 10+ people

Location: A room big enough for the entire group, preferably with a projector and screen.

Time: 2 hours

Material:

  • Pens
  • Paper
  • Projector and screen
  • Laptop
  • Answer sheet
  • Music box

Description:

The big SAMEN quiz! With questions about multiple themes which you can adapt to your own situation and ideas.

How to play

The group is divided into teams, the size of the team depends on the number of participants. The questions are divided into different categories, with short games in between categories to keep everyone awake and energized. For every good answer you can hand out points, so you can calculate who won the quiz, but you don’t necessarily have to point out a winner. The quiz can take as much time as there is available. The amount of categories and question per category can be adjusted to your situation and possibilities on the project.

Category examples

The country in which you are staying

(Random) facts

Biblical knowledge

Celebrities (Hollywood/Country where you are staying/the Netherlands,etc.)

Inventions

Question examples

Category (random) facts

Name the 7th planet from the sun.

What is the square root of 144?

What is the highest mountain in the world?

Category Biblical knowledge

What type of insect did John the Baptist eat in the desert?

Paul was shipwrecked on what Island?

How does Judas signal Jesus’ identity to the Roman officials?

Category Celebrities

Mix and match the names with the right picture (foto’s van beroemdheden met namen erbij)

How many years was Nelson Mandela in jail?

In which country was former American President, Barack Obama, born?

Category Inventions

Which scientist invented the telephone?

What were the world’s first wheels used for?

When was the first printing press designed?

Ideas for games in between

Draw a portrait of Don Bosco, At least 10 people have to participate in the drawing process. Time limit of 3 minutes.

Karaoke. Every group chooses a singer, who has to sing a karaoke song.

Name the song. A song is played, the participants have to write down the name and performer of the song.

What animals do you see in the picture (Search query: Optical illusion animal faces)

Energizers