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The 7 Easiest 5-minute Team Building Activities & Exercises for Small Groups

Breaking the routine. Many of us like to do things a little different. Just to experience another vibe. To get an extra boost to get the well-known job done again. The meetings within your company can be a good example of such a routine.

That’s why we like to challenge you with a number of quick and easy 5 minute team building activities. Short games and exercises that will put your daily work in a fresh perspective again!

Here’s a short overview of the type of activities and games that will be discussed in this blog article:

  • Team building activities for small groups. How well do you actually know each other? Despite maybe the many years of working together. These activities will tell you more about the other, but will also shed a light on how your team works together.
  • Activities and indoor tb games for work meetings. Discussing more serious content doesn’t necessarily mean that you cannot play with the format of your meeting. Add or change just one ingredient and double the output of your work meetings!
  • Problem solving activities. You’ve probably played quite some problem solving games already. But can you still remember them? We’ve listed a few for you

A selection of 5-minute games and team building activities

Browse through the following five minute games and simple team building activities and decide for yourself what would work best for your team and for the phase that your team finds itself in. The following activities can be executed with both fresh new teams or those teams that already work with each other for years. In short, pick your flavor!

Quick and easy team building exercises & activities for small groups

  • Through another pair of eyes. Instead of having everybody introduce themselves, let the neighbouring team member introduce the other. First let everyone introduce themselves in pairs. Then make a quick round in which everyone is introduced to the group by somebody else.Tip Do people already know each other? Then throw in a fun question e.g. Your first memory of the nature? What would you do with a million? Or describe your grandmother. For sure you didn’t know this yet from each other!
  • The helium stick. One of the well-known and quick team building exercises! Make sure to obtain a helium stick, or otherwise a thin and light rod. Then let the attendees stand up, face each other, stretch their arms and point out the index fingers. Now put the stick on their fingers and instruct them to bring the stick together to the ground. Sounds easy? Just wait and see! This is one of the simple activities that works great for small groups.
  • Compliment carrousel. Put one or few team members in the midst of the room. Standing and with closed eyes. Now let the other team members pass by them 1 time and make them whisper a short compliment in their ears. Experience shows that receiving a compliment through a whisper, without knowing whom the compliment is coming from, can have a deep, touching impact. Depending on the impact, you can decide yourself how fast or not you’ll proceed with your regular meeting.

5 minute games for work meetings

  • Pitch the idea of your colleague. In corporate life we’re often used to give our own pitches. From a team building perspective it becomes more interesting if employees pitch each others ideas. Pick any of the more strategic meetings with your staff. Give a 1 time quick and clear instruction, already pre-meeting or at the very start of the meeting, and then let attendees interview each other about their idea for work [e.g. how to improve efficiency, which activities to set up in the coming year etc.]. Tip Use the easy audience response tool Sendsteps to vote for the best pitch and announce the winner!
  • Play a quiz. Maybe one of the more known 5 minute games for meetings, but playing a quiz already soon adds to a good vibe! Prepare yourself [or let others do so for you], an indoor quiz with 5-10 questions. Let everyone pick a space in the room that represents an answer. Every time an answer is false, employees will go and sit on the side. The rest proceeds until there’s only one winner left. Alternatively these fun games can also be easily played through a digital audience response tool.

Problem solving team building activities and scenarios

  • Describe and draw. Now here’s one of the simple but great problem solving activities. Hand a sheet with on it a pyramid, a circle and a rectangle. Ask one of the attendees to sit with their back towards the rest of the group. Now let individual attendees make a drawing based on what they are told to draw. The person describing the drawing cannot indicate the name of the shape and has to find creative other wording to get the message across. You’ll find that in the end everyone comes up with different scenarios. Have a short de-briefing and learn how everyone receives messages differently. What does it tell you about the communication within your team?
  • Paper Tower. Maybe one of the more known 5 minute games for meetings, but playing a quiz already soon adds to a good vibe! Prepare yourself [or let others do so for you], an indoor quiz with 5-10 questions. Let everyone pick a space in the room that represents an answer. Every time an answer is false, employees will go and sit on the side. The rest proceeds until there’s only one winner left. Alternatively these fun games can also be easily played through a digital audience response tool.

Problem solving exercises can be as simple as this. However, there are obviously more profound and thorough exercises out there. Next to that, as simple as the exercise might be, the more complex and constructive the actual analysis of it might be.

For managers, team building exercises are not only a great way to find out more about the team’s strengths and weaknesses, it is also a mean to show and build commitment and leadership with the team!

Important To find more exercises read our full and more comprehensive article about problem solving team building activities! Do you get the hang of it? Good luck and feel the team vibe growing!

About the author

Robert DaverschotChairman | Moderator | Sidekick

Robert is a professional moderator, dialogue facilitator and sidekick and works both independently and on behalf of Sendsteps audience response system. Robert has years of experience at home and abroad and has interviewed, ministers, captains of industry as well as His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In his dealings with the audience, he always uses Sendsteps. With Sendsteps an audience is able to voice their opinions, whereby attendees can cast votes or send in open comments and questions to the speakers and panels on stage. As such events turn into 2.0 experiences with everyone being able to speak up!