There are a ton of incredible team building problem solving activities available. We’ve hand-picked 11 of our favorites that we think your corporate group will love too.
1.Cardboard Boat Building Challenge
The Cardboard Boat Building Challenge is a fun and creative team-building activity that requires teams to design and construct boats using only cardboard and adhesive materials. The goal is to build a boat that can float on water and support team members during a race. Here’s how to organize the challenge:
- Cardboard sheets (large enough to build boats)
- Box cutters or scissors
- Duct tape or masking tape
- Markers or paint (for decoration, optional)
- Water source (swimming pool, lake, or large tub)
- Life jackets (for safety, if required)
- Towels (for drying off)
The Egg Drop is a classic and entertaining team-building activity that challenges teams to design and build a contraption that can protect a raw egg from breaking when dropped from a certain height. This activity encourages creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration. Here’s how to organize the Egg Drop challenge:
- Raw eggs (one per team)
- Assorted materials for building (e.g., straws, popsicle sticks, cotton balls, tape, rubber bands, balloons, etc.)
- Markers (for decoration, optional)
- Drop zone (an open outdoor area with a designated height for dropping the eggs)
3. Clue Murder Mystery
The Clue Murder Mystery is an interactive and engaging team-building activity that involves solving a fictional murder mystery. Participants take on the roles of different characters and work together to unravel clues, solve puzzles, and identify the culprit. Here’s how to organize a Clue Murder Mystery:
- Create the Story: Develop a murder mystery storyline with a cast of characters, motives, and clues. Make sure the story is engaging and includes enough mystery to keep participants intrigued.
- Assign Characters: Assign each participant a character role with a unique background, personality, and possible motive for the murder. Provide participants with character sheets detailing their role and objectives.
- Design Clues and Puzzles: Prepare various clues, riddles, puzzles, and hidden objects that participants must solve to uncover important information about the murder. Ensure the clues are challenging but not too difficult to solve.
- Select a Venue: Choose a suitable location for the murder mystery, such as a conference room, mansion setting, or outdoor space. The venue should have separate areas where participants can interact and exchange information.
The Marshmallow Spaghetti Tower challenge is a popular team-building activity that requires teams to construct a tall and sturdy tower using only marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti. The objective is to build the highest tower that can support the weight of a marshmallow placed on top. Here’s how to organize the Marshmallow Spaghetti Tower challenge:
- Marshmallows (large and small)
- Uncooked spaghetti (thin or thick)
- Rulers or measuring tapes
- Timer or stopwatch
- Optional: Markers or colored tape for decoration (optional)
5.Corporate Escape Room
The Corporate Escape Room is a team-building activity inspired by the popular escape room games. In this scenario, teams of employees work together to solve a series of puzzles, riddles, and challenges within a themed room or space. The goal is to find clues, unlock mysteries, and escape the room within a set time limit. Here’s how to organize a Corporate Escape Room:
- Choose a Theme: Select a captivating theme for the escape room that aligns with your company culture or goals. It could be a mystery, adventure, or problem-solving theme that engages participants.
- Design Puzzles and Challenges: Create a sequence of puzzles, riddles, and challenges that require problem-solving, logic, and teamwork. These can include hidden objects, decoding clues, mechanical puzzles, and more.
- Create the Room Setup: Transform a meeting room or a dedicated space into the escape room by decorating it according to the chosen theme. Set up various stations or areas where participants can interact with the puzzles and challenges.
- Allocate Resources: Gather the necessary props, clues, and materials required to facilitate the escape room experience. Ensure that all puzzles are functioning correctly before the event.
- Develop a Backstory: Craft a compelling backstory or narrative that introduces the mission and objective of the escape room. Present this to the teams before they enter the room to immerse them in the experience.