5 Team-Building Games That Promote Critical Thinking of Students

One of education's fundamental goals is to groom the upcoming generation of little humans to succeed in the "real world."

Yes, there are drifts of the curriculum they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test.

Other skills must be sharped, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. This is not something that can be cultivated through repetition memorization or with strategically placed posters.

Students must be hooked and collaboration must be practiced, and often. The team-building games can promote collaboration and communication, it will help establish a positive classroom environment and most important of them. It will provide an enjoyable culture, much-needed different from daily routine.

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Vishal Bhojane
July 2, 2019

1. If You Can Build it..

This team-building game is flexible. Simply divide your kids into teams and give them equal amounts of materials, like pipe cleaners, blocks, or even preserved spaghetti and marshmallows.

Then, give them something to build up. The challenge can be variable Now think about:

  • Which team can build the tallest, structured-sound castle?
  • Which team can build the fastest castle?

You can repeat this activity throughout the year by adapting the challenge or materials to specific content areas.

Skills: Communication; problem-solving

problem solving

2. Save the Egg

This exercise can get messy and may be suitable for senior children who follow safety guidelines when working with raw eggs. Teams must work together to find out a way to "save" the egg. In this case, children will drop an egg from a specific height. This could involve finding the perfect soft landing, or creating a device that guides the egg safely to the ground. Let the peers' creativity work here.

Skills: Problem-solving, creative collaboration

3. It's a Mystery

Many children (and growing one) enjoy good mysteries, so why not design the one that must be solved cooperatively by children? Give each student a numbered clue. In order to solve the mystery-say to students who are solving, the case of the missing mascot - children must work together to solve the clues in order for giving time. The "case" might require them to move from one area to another area of the room, uncovering more clues.

Skills: Problem-solving, communication


4. Minefield

One of the classic team building games. What you need to do that --- Arrange some kind of obstacle courses and divide every child into teams. Students take turns navigating the "minefield" while blindfolded only their teammates can guide them. You also required students to only use certain words or clues to make it challenging.

Skills: Communication; trust

5. Keep it Real

This open-ended activity is simple and serves as an excellent shift into problem-based learning. Challenge students to identify and cooperatively solve read complications in their schools or communities. You need to set the parameters, including a time limit, materials, and physical boundaries.

Skills: Problem-solving, communication.

keep it real