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Build Trust & Empathy

Fun group games & activities are one of the most powerful ways to build trust and empathy


One of the best and most enjoyable ways to build the trust and empathy of a group is to involve them in a series of experiential-based group games and activities. These types of activities are naturally fun and engaging, and when presented as part of a carefully-sequenced program of experiences, can positively build and strengthen relationships.

Research clearly shows that groups which invest the time and resources to intentionally build trust and empathy will see a marked improvement in their overall performance. Happily, most groups also report increases in their satisfaction on many levels – greater participation, improved morale and wellbeing.


How To Build Trust & Empathy

There is an art and a science to the design and delivery of trust-building programs.

The most successful programs which intentionally aim to build and strengthen relationships often feature:

  • A series of carefully-sequenced experiential-based activities;
  • Facilitation which embraces a powerful philosophical framework, that is fun, honours choice and values everyone’s contribution;
  • Opportunities for leadership, trust, communication and group co-operation to emerge;
  • Frequent opportunities for the group to reflect on what they have experienced, how they felt and what they learned;
  • Elements of challenge, risk and adventure (ie unexpected outcomes;) and
  • Focus on the process, and not just the task at hand.


Activities Which Build Trust and Empathy

The images below provide links to a sample of fun, engaging and challenging group activities which focus on building trust, drawn from playmeo’s popular activity database.

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Trust Fall

Highly dynamic team activity dedicated to building trust.


Are You More Like

Series of questions which help identify difference.


River Crossing

Classic team puzzle that focuses on critical thinking.


Emoji Cards

Useful set of emotive cards to encourage fun & reflection.


Making Connections

Simple ice-breaker to connect group members to others.


I Trust You, But…

Very dynamic trust-building & spotting skills exercise.


Marshmallow Challenge

Classic problem-solving exercise for small teams.


Pairs Compass Walk

Fun, trust-building navigation exercise for partners.