7 Incredibly Fun Outdoor Team Building Games

Your team will be closer, and more productive in no time after integrating a few of these outdoor team building games into your office or organization. This epic list of activities is ideal for both small and large teams, and is perfect for office employees, volunteers, student staff members, and more!

What is team building, anyway? Team building is the process of turning a group of individuals or employees into a cohesive and high functioning team. A team is a group of people organized to work together interdependently and cooperatively to accomplish their agreed-upon purpose and goal(s).

Outdoor team building activities enable participants to get exercise and get some much needed fresh air while learning to build camaraderie, improve communication, establish or improve trust, and develop decision making strategies. The successful completion of most team-building tasks requires cooperation, listening to others, sharing ideas, and the willingness to try new approaches to achieve a goal.

There are eight types of team building games in this list: communication, leadership, teamwork, trust, bonding, problem-solving, icebreaker, and collaboration. Many of the activities integrate elements of more than one type, and are labeled so you can find the activity best suited to your group’s needs.

The Perfect Square

Duration: 15 – 30 mins

Tools needed: A long piece of rope tied together and a blindfold for each participant

Number of Participants: 5 – 20 people

Purpose: Communication and Leadership

Rules & Description: Have the participants stand in a circle holding a piece of the rope. Then instruct everyone to put on their blindfold and set the rope on the floor. Next, have everyone take a few steps away from the circle. When they have stopped moving, ask them to come back and attempt to form a perfect square with the rope—without removing their blindfolds.

We recommend setting a time limit to add a dash of healthy competition! To make it even more difficult, instruct some team members to stay silent. These different versions can be done one after the other to increase difficulty, or just choose one. Any way you choose helps to build communication and leadership skills!

The Human Knot

Duration: 15 – 30 mins

Tools needed: None

Number of Participants: 8 – 20 people

Purpose: Teamwork and Communication

Rules & Description: All participants stand in a circle facing each other, shoulder to shoulder. Instruct everyone to put their right hand out in front of them and grab a random hand of someone across the circle. Then, tell them to reach their left hand out and grab another random hand from a different person across the circle. Then, within a predetermined time limit, the group is challenged to untangle the knot of arms without releasing their hands. This activity is best for small groups, but if the group is too large, have the group separate and form smaller individual circles.

The Minefield

Duration: 15 – 30 minutes

Tools needed: Balls, pins, cones, etc. and blindfolds for half the participants

Number of Participants: 4 – 10 people

Purpose: Trust and Effective communication

Rules & Description: Transform the classic minefield computer game into the real world! This trust building exercise requires a little setup before you can run it with your team, but it is so worth it for all of the fun! It is also best suited for a large and relatively open area–think: a room without furniture, a field, or an empty parking lot. To set up, position “mines” randomly around the space. The mines can be balls, bowling pins, traffic cones, etc. To begin the activity, divide your team into pairs, one of each pair will be blindfolded and cannot talk, and the other can see and talk, but cannot enter the field or touch their teammate. The teammate who can see and talk must then verbally guide their partner through the minefield without touching the mines. This activity will build trust and help build effective communication, and it can be made even more effective if the participants get a chance to be both roles in the activity.

Scavenger Hunt

Duration: 1.5+ hours

Tools needed: Scavenger hunt list items printed and/or sent to participant’s smartphones

Number of Participants: 2 or more small groups

Purpose: Teamwork and Bonding

Rules & Description: The tried and true, classic scavenger hunt activity is always a hit—and for good reason! Prior to the start of the scavenger hunt, make a list of goofy tasks for each team to complete as a group. Some ideas for tasks can include: taking a selfie with a stranger, taking a picture of a building or object around the office, finding a pen with a hotel logo on it, etc. To begin, break your group into teams of two people or more and give the list to each team. Also, set a with a deadline by which they must complete all the tasks. Whoever completes the most tasks the quickest, wins! A great way to spice this activity up is to create your own point system according to task difficulty level.

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Egg Drop

Duration: 1 – 2 hours

Tools needed: Uncooked eggs, assorted office supplies (i.e. – tape, pencils, straws, plastic utensils, packing material, newspapers, rubber bands)

Number of Participants: 2 or more small groups

Purpose: Problem-solving and Teamwork

Rules & Description: It is time to relive those schoolyard days where everyone competed in the science class egg drop. This game involves building a package that transports an uncooked egg safely to the ground after dropping from a predetermined height.  

To start, split everyone off into groups of three to five people, and give each group an uncooked egg. Put all the office supplies in a pile for the teams to “shop” for materials. They have 15 to 30 minutes, or any predetermined time limit, to use the supplies to build a contraption around the egg that will keep the egg from breaking when dropped. After designing the package, each team should share with the rest of the group what is unique about their package, and why it could possibly save the egg from breaking when it hits the ground. Once everyone has shared their ideas, it is time to put them to the test! Drop the eggs, and see who’s survives the fall!

Group Juggle

Duration: 15 – 30 minutes

Tools needed: Balls

Number of Participants: 10 – 20 people

Purpose: Ice breaker

Rules & Description: Juggling isn’t just for circus and street performers! Juggling is a great way to get your team to know each other in a fun and casual way. The play, begin by having the participants toss a ball and call out the participants’ name they are throwing it to in a sequence. Then, as the game progresses, keep adding more balls to increase the intensity, and the fun! You can amp this game up even more by playing it in “warp speed” and see how quickly the group can toss balls to each participant in the set sequence.

Paper Plane Contest

Duration: 20 – 40 minutes

Tools needed: Paper/cardstock

Number of Participants: 8 – 20 people

Purpose: Collaboration

Rules & Description: Paper planes are for everyone, not just kids! This variation on the time-honored classic will be a hit among your group, and help to increase collaboration. Divide participants into teams of two or more and give each team cardstock. See who can construct the plane that flies the farthest! It can be helpful to allow them to view different designs on a website, in a print book, or on their phone to help in the crafting and modifying of their designs. Increase the fun factor by supplying them with markers, glitter, and other art supplies for decoration! If you want to take it to an even higher level, have teams create a “pitch” as to why their design is the best, and give out awards for creativity, design, and distance!

These outdoor team building games for adults will not only help participants see how they can apply their newly learned or honed skills to their work, but also how to use them in everyday life situations. Understanding one’s co-workers, how they think, why they think the way they do, and what makes them tick can make communication and collaboration much easier leading to increased productivity and lower stress.

Quick, fun, outdoor team building activities bring groups together in a casual setting, without a lot of pressure, to ensure that everyone has a great time learning a bit about themselves and their team!

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