Teambuilding Activity: Everyone Up!

This is the type of activity I like to do at the beginning of a training or workshop to get people loosened up.

This activity promotes:

- Collaboration
- Communication
- Physical contact
- Trust
- Fun
- And who knows what else

Below are the instructions:

Duration: 15 minutes
Participants: 4 or more
Indoor and Outdoor

Materials Needed:

Initial Setup:
Divide the group into pairs (preferably of equal weight or height) and have the pairs sit facing each other in two rows.

The goal of this game is to find a strategy that works well together with your partner. A strategy that works so well that it doesn't matter who your partner is.

The participants sit facing each other with their feet touching.
They hold each other's hands.
The participants try to lift each other up until they are standing.
Strategy is more important than strength.

Further Differentiation:
Try this in larger groups as well. The participants can hold hands in a circle (feet touching will be challenging in this case), or they can hold hands with the person sitting opposite them.

What tactics/strategies did you discover?
Did it make a difference whether you did it with a boy or a girl?

Points to Consider:
You can have the pairs switch multiple times to let the participants experience that good teamwork is the most important factor, not height, weight, or strength, for example.

Safety Check:
Ensure that the ground is soft and there are no nearby obstacles. Participants may fall backward.