It’s my first day of school! I love this time of year, all fresh starts and possiblities! Team builder games are one of my favorite things to do in the classroom during the first few weeks and I’m sharing a few of my favorites with you today.
No doubt you’ve been forced to play this game at some point in your life.
It’s pretty simple:
Stand in a circle.
Pass a hula hoop around without letting go.
Even though this seems like a no brainer, most of my kids haven’t played it and they think it’s really fun. I like to start with small groups – 5 or 6 kiddos – and build up to my whole class. Or, as pictured here, our school wide team of about 50 kids in kindergarten through 4th grade. With that many kids we ended up using about 8 hula hoops to keep the wait time down.
Here’s another simple hula hoop game: Blast Off!
It works best with group so of 4-6 kiddos who are about the same size.
Start with a hula hoop on the floor and the kiddos standing around it.
Each student puts ONE FINGER under the hula hoop.
Then the group works together to lift the hula hoop above their heads – holding the hula hoop with only one finger each!
By far the absolute favorite game we played was Perimeter Pass.
Students lay on their backs with their feet against the wall.
The first student holds a large exercise ball against the wall with her feet, then passes the ball to the person next to her.
After passing the ball, students can run to the end of the line to continue the game.
Keep passing the ball as long as you can. For an extra challenge try going around some corners!
I didn’t manage to get any pictures of my kiddos playing this one, but it is hilarous!
Each students needs one balloon or playground ball.
Place the balloon on your belly.
Line up directly behind a friend, pinning the balloon between you.
Continue forming a line: student, balloon, student, balloon, student, balloon….
Now: Try to walk without touching the balloons or letting them drop!
Guaranteed to have your class giggling!
Last, but not least: Hot Lava!
You know you played this when you were little….you jumped from pillow to pillow because the floor was hot lava!
This team builder is basically the same idea, but with a team building twist.
To play, you will need carpet squares or floor dots, slightly fewer than you have students.
Set a starting and ending point, then give about three quarters of your class a carpet square.
The goal is to get your entire class to the ending point by making a path with the carpet squares and without touching the floor.
Caution: my class got really good at this, but they were REALLY LOUD! You might want to take your class outside or to a hallway without many classrooms.
You can grab my favorite team builders free by clicking here.
Do you have a favorite team builder?