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Team Building Activities Using Straws

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In any company, school or office, building a bond with peers helps to improve morale and improve communication. Team-building exercises are easy and may be done as frequent as desired to maintain a positive attitude. Team-building activities also allow peers to relax, interact with one another and take a break from working or studying.

Straw Structure Building

One easy activity to do is break people up into separate groups and give each team 100 drinking straws with 100 sewing pins and have them build the highest structure. The structure must also be strong enough to hold a small snack-size sandwich bag filled with sand. The team that works together to create the strongest structure wins a prize.

Bridge Building

If you are in a camp or classroom setting, have a team of students or peers work together to build a bridge out of straws and canned goods. Give each group eight canned goods, 10 straws, five paperclips, 3 inches of string and a rubber band. Instruct the group to place each of the cans at least 20 inches apart, and use the rest of the materials to build a bridge over the cans. The group that makes the longest bridge in five minutes using the materials wins a prize.

Drawing Straws

This activity works well for any group of people, whether it be at church, work or school. It also helps teammates get to know one another more personally, with questions about favorite vacation destinations, favorite movies and favorite activities. Purchase a bag of straws that come in different colors and ask your group to pick one straw of each color, and the amount they will have depends on the color choices in the package. Each color straw will have a specific question that corresponds to it and may be any question you choose. Ask a question based on a straw color, and have each person in the group share their answer before moving onto the next straw color and question.

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