Many of you will be familiar with the classic group initiative Helium Stick. It’s one of those deceptively simple tasks that it actually very difficult…
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While the world adheres to various physical-distancing measures, it is still possible (and just as important) to maintain and develop the social connectedness of the people you work with, no matter where they are.
There are dozens of fun and very simple online activity ideas you can use online (also, don’t miss last week’s post about my top four interactive games for online meetings & virtual conferences. And our exclusive webinar next week.)
Here are some of my favourite games for 1, 2 or 3 people:
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A very simple stretch that’s as challenging as it is fun to watch. Ask everyone to grab a soft object that has a bit of weight to it, eg tennis ball, beanie-baby toy, fleeceball, etc. Stand back a little from your screen. Then, as if holding a teacup on your out-stretched, upwards-facing palm, your object is to move it in a full circle over your head and to the side of your body and back to where you started. Check the video for a great demonstration. Indeed, you could even embed this video into your online space to inspire your group. Lots of variations, eg non-dominant hand, different direction, new objects, etc.
Ask your people to grab a sheet of paper, a pen and watch the screen as you demonstrate what you would like them to do. In short, you are going to draw the birds-eye view of a small golf course with 3 or 4 holes. Draw the clubhouse, the tees, fairways, bunkers, sand-traps and the holes. Creating the course is fun, but playing is even more so. Direct your camera to perform a quick demonstration, or use a bunch of really descriptive terms, to explain how the golf course can be played. In essence, you are going to rest the pen tip on the first tee, holding it vertically, and then gently push the pen across the paper towards the first hole. The pen will leave a trail of ink which eventually peters out. That’s your first stroke, and the second stroke starts from the end of the line. A hole is complete when the end of a particular stroke ends inside the golf hole (they are usually about 5mm (1/4″) wide.
Ask everyone to grab a deck of regular playing cards, you too. Shuffle them and then lay them face-down on the surface in front of you. Explain that your aim is to see how far you can get through the deck before a particular event occurs. Before the (face-value of the) first card is revealed, you must declare what the card will NOT be. For example, if I say that the card I flip over will not be a 9, and I flip over a 5, I get to flip another card. As soon as I flip over a card whose face-value matches what I declared, the game is over. Count and record the number of cards you did not predict and play one ore more rounds to achieve a world’s record.
Ask each person to grab a fixed number of sheets of paper. In a team context, I would typically supply 15 to 20 sheets per group, but this number works well for individuals, too. Challenge each person to build the tallest possible tower using only these sheets of paper. No staples, glue or any other form of adhesive can be used to achieve the desired lofty heights. Allow up to 10 or more minutes to complete this task. A quick tip – make it very clear that the structure must be standing at the Xth minute to qualify. You will have to rely on the honour-system when you invite each person to measure their structures. Finally, acknowledge the person who built the tallest tower.
You may also wish to look at a couple of fun team puzzles which can easily be adapted for use by individuals.
Honestly, this list could be very long because there is no shortage of fun partner activities featured in playmeo’s online activity database. So, to save space and time, here are the links to a handful of games & activities you could use for 2 or 3 people who are sharing the same space.
If you’re looking for a variety of easy 1-minute energisers (brain-boosters) take a look at these activity ideas that may also help you highlight or reinforce certain elements of your curriculum such as creativity, critical thinking and communication:
Once again, a list of team building games for 1, 2 or 3 people could be very long, so I’ll keep it short and sweet.
In addition to some of those already listed above, here are five of my go-to favourites when I work with very small groups and want to focus on team building and problem-solving skills.
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