Team building exercises are designed to help bond a group of people together that may not otherwise know much about each other or may not know how to effectively work together. When a group of individuals become a cohesive team they are able to accomplish a lot more than they can as individuals. Team building is often used in corporate America to help companies become more unified, however, these exercises are also an effective tool for teachers and coaches when working with children. Take a look at these 18 blogs to learn how these professionals use team building exercises to help kids succeed.
Back to School
When kids go back to school, they are typically with a new teacher and a new group of students. It can be hard for some kids to make friends, but with the help of various ice breakers and team building exercises, teachers can help the kids get to know each other in a relaxed setting. Find out how teachers use team building activities in the classroom by reading these six blogs.
- Easing the Fears and Anxieties Through Team Building Activities During the First Days of School One way to break the ice is to have the kids blow up an eight-foot long bag and count the breaths that it took as a team to inflate it.
- Five Team Building Activities for Back-to-School Try these activities to help your students bond with their classmates and lose the shyness that sometimes accompanies the first few weeks of school.
- Back-to-School: 3 Question Activities to Connect Students Getting students talking in small groups can help them feel less intimidated during other classroom activities.
- Team Building Activities for Kids Several different team building exercises are described in this blog and are divided out by type and age appropriateness.
- Start of the Year Team-Building Activities for the Classroom “Hoops” is just one of the exercises described on this blog, and it helps kids work together to achieve a common goal.
- Team Building Activities for Kids Pair up the kids and give one a blindfold. The kid without the blindfold has to communicate effectively to get the blindfolded kid to perform a task.
Team Building with Older Kids
Sometimes older kids stick with the same group of friends and don’t branch out to meet new people. When it comes to working on group projects, it’s helpful for these students to get to know new people so that they feel like a team. If you want to know more about team building with older kids, read these six blogs.
- Beginning of the Year Games…Success! These games were used with high school kids as a way to get them to start working as a group when solving problems.
- Team Building Games for Kids Try the human knot or the tower game to see how clever your older kids are.
- Ice Breaker Activities and Fun Team Building Games These games will work well with people of any age and will help people get to know each other better and find common ground.
- Fun Team Building Activities for Kids Have the kids break into groups and decide on a story to tell, with each person building on the previous person’s portion of the story.
- Interesting Team Building Activities for Kids Taking the kids on a scavenger hunt works well for building a cooperative team because everyone can help solve the clues.
- Youth Team-Building Activities It can be hard for teens to meet new people because they have a fear of being judged. Try taking a group camping to let them learn how to work together towards a common goal.
You might wonder why a sports team needs to do team building exercises when they are already a team on the field. Since skill levels vary, some kids feel like they do more for the team and may not respect the other players. Getting the players off the field and into something that is entirely different can help the kids become friends, and in doing so help them work better together on the field. These six blogs will explain more about team building in sports.
- Bonding Group Activities for Kids’ Sports Teams Take the team off the field and have them make a craft or cook something together. The strongest player may not be the best crafter, and can learn from others.
- Outdoor Team Building Activities for Kids Toss the beach ball or a Frisbee in these various outdoor team building exercises.
- Team Building Activities And Challenges for Children Team building activities help different groups of kids break out of their comfort zone and work with others that they may not know during a blindfolded game or memory game.
- Teaching Yoga to Children’s Sport Teams Since yoga is not competitive, it is beneficial for the team to learn to do yoga. The relaxation aspect of yoga can also be helpful when dealing with the stress of organized sports.
- Team Building Through Fundraising Some teams can bond over having the common goal of raising funds for an event.
- Implementing Team Building Ideas pays Because Real Teams Can Achieve More Than Individuals or Groups, If… Take your sports team and go shoot paintballs or go bowling; while you are having fun you can work together toward your team goal.
Our community thank you goes out to Sonny Giffin for this sharing this informative blogger list.
Sports Techie, Team building is the essence of our worldwide community. What started with one person who wanted to share their passion for a topic, in this case sports technology, has grown to what I consider to be a diverse global team of all-aged Sports Techie enthusiasts who are helping to make a difference and change this world for the better. These 18 listed blog links focus on terrific kid and team building skills, one kid at a time.
Remember the anxiety and fear that going back to school could cause at any given moment, mixed in with the sheer pleasure and joy of undergoing a new experience, meeting new friends and catching up with old friends, while not knowing how cool, smart or inspiring the new teacher was going to be. The first six blogs help parents and guardians understand what some teachers do via team building exercises in order to help students back with the variety of school issues boys and girls have.
As kids age so do their variety of social dilemmas and internal pressures. The next six blogs tackle how instructors use team building structured for older kids. I suggest that with problem solving, camping and games, you use this opportunity to introduce GPS tech and the sport of geocaching. If you cannot afford this technology, go to the public library with your kid and research how to geocache until you can find a cost effective solution to your GPS technology costs. My nephews and niece came to town to met their newest cousin and loved geocaching with a smartphone.
The last six blogs address the sporting lifestyle most all children require to help lead a balanced life. Getting enough exercise and maintaining a fitness level are only part of what playing on a team will do for kids. Understanding team building in sport is essential for the lifetime success and continued maturity of every youth. Many of my dearest friends today and past jobs happened through playing sports.
Funding for sport is taking a backseat at the Federal, Northwest regional, and local Seattle levels. Because of the rabidly changing economy in the United States and around the world, many kids are forced to play with much older and younger peers which can be intimidating so pay attention to what these bloggers recommend. Helping with team fund raising opportunities is a very good way to help your child and family understand the value of volunteering, finance and team goal setting.
I would add that social media can play an important part with team building. As a volunteer coach or lifetime parent, you must understand the social pressures that having a Facebook, Twitter or YouTube user name can bring, for example, bullying. LinkedIn has come recently come out with a new campaign aimed towards teenagers to add to the competition for a child’s mindshare. By engaging with a social network, boys and girls can learn to work as a team amongst all the different platforms and different pulls in life.
Sharing a teammate’s practice picture, retweeting a team photo or simply saying how good it is to be a fellow teammate on a page, can be an ice breaker and positive reinforcement no matter what the age. Teammates will most likely appreciate the attempt at team building via a social media tag or like and that is how in 2013 new friends can be made and older friends can be paid attention to at the same time.
Team building always starts one child at a time.
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