Have you ever have to start a programme but you are simply out of any props and equipment? Sounds like a common situation if you have ever been in the field of training and resource development, or even education. At some instances, you were a standby instructor who had to take over a lead instructor who have just gotten ill at the last moment. No running away, you would simply have to take charge of the group and deliver a quality programme. Wouldn’t it b wonderful if you already have a library of outdoor teambuilding activity to choose from?
But how do you start a programme with minimal, if not zero, equipment?
Some will suggest for you to use natural resources such as twigs, dried leaves as your props. Sounds cool. But I’d like to share conducting prop-less outdoor team building activities using one of my all-time favourites: Body Balance.(some may have known this activity through a different name)
Below is a quick snapshot of this outdoor team building activity:
Suggested Learning Outcomes
- Sharing and Testing of Ideas
- Making a Team Decision
- Creative Thinking
- Trusting Your Teammates
To stand up together as a team.
No equipment needed.
- Select a flat area away from any physical hazards and spacious enough to fit the entire group sitting in a circle.
- Ideal to be done on a soft ground (e.g. grassy or sandy).
Instructions to Participants
- You are to stand up together as a team from a sitting position.
- A sitting position is defined as having your bottoms on the floor.
- Standing up together means that your feet and hands have to stay connected.
- The standing up procedure is to be done without using your hands to push yourself off the floor.
- Form small teams of 3, sit down facing each other and connect your legs and hands to one another.
- Stand up, without losing contact of each other’s legs and hands.
Suggested Allocated Time
5 minutes per round.
Approximately 10 – 20 participants.
- The facilitator can increase the challenge by having a second stage of difficulty where 2 sub –teams are combined together (5 – 6 participants).
- Subsequently, the larger sub-team could be combined again (10 – 12 participants) until the whole group is together.
- The activity could get a bit rowdy and have a risk of participants falling. Participants need to be reminded or made aware of the risk. A precaution is to avoid sudden letting go of a team member’s hands.
- At times, a successful sub-team might not bother about the other sub-teams. The facilitator could gently encourage for participants to share ideas.
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