Creative team building exercise as featured in Paper Tower

Paper Tower

Dynamic team-building event to build tallest tower.

  • Simple to set-up
  • Inspires creativity
  • Fosters team skills
  • Simple props
  • Virtual options


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Comments (7)

  1. Brad Lundell

    I love the creativity available in this activity. There is no one way to make a tall tower. All of my teams have used different strategies. I did this with about 10 teams and all had a different tower. I did this with teend and they just kept building. They seem to love that activity.

  2. Ellie

    We sometimes use the variations of
    – straws and stickytape – limiting the amount of each to extend the group
    – spaghetti and marshmallows – also limited amounts, can be quite entertaining (and a bit sticky!) and remember to bring a bag of marshmallows to eat afterwards!

  3. Gwynneth Bishop

    Just done it today with 4 primary students. They needed assistance with the communication skills (which is what we’re working on) but I really was amazed with the ideas they managed to come up with. I reduced the materials to 10 pieces of paper only but they still managed to utilise a full 20 minutes. The best bit was the joy shown by their achievement….winning!!

    • Mark

      This is terrific news Gwynneth, thanks for sharing. Out of interest, how old were the students? What lessons did they take-away from their experience?

      • Gwynneth Bishop

        One year+ on & I’ve just seen your reply!
        The students were 8 & 9 years old.
        Their take away was the start of the l o n g journey towards empathy and respect of each other and persistence. We are still working to this same goal with the same students and the growth in other areas of school has been noticeable.

  4. rajeshramkumar

    Great activity, especially, because it hardly requires anything. The lessons learnt:
    – Prototyping as you build like children;
    – Don’t over engineer;
    – Don’t presume it is difficult;
    – Ingenuity

    Could be used as one of the early activity in the programme.

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