Tuesday’s Taste of the Corporate Playbook: Over/Under

Over/Under

Outdoor Cooperative Game

Length of Activity: 5 minutes

Required materials: 1 ball for each team

How to Play:

  • Have teams line up behind each other, spreading out one arm’s length distance apart.
  • Starting at the front of the line, teams must pass back the ball either over their head or under their legs, alternating methods with each person.
  • When the last person in line gets the ball, he or she runs to the front of the line and starts passing the ball back again.
  • The team is finished when the first person is back at the front of the line.

This game requires a lot of focus and is a great way to energize the office. Take a break from your work and try out these unorthodox movements for a fun competition with your coworkers.

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Tuesday’s Taste of the Corporate Playbook: Double Hot Potato

Double Hot Potato

Minute Move & Energizer

Length of Activity: 5 minutes

Required materials: 2 balls

How to Play:

  • Form a circle and place the two balls on opposite sides of the circle.
  • Pass the balls in the same direction as fast as possible, just like hot potato.
  • The goal is for one ball to catch the other.
  • Don’t be stuck with the ball that gets caught!

This game is a great way to open up a boardroom meeting where people are already sitting in a circle. Quickly energize the team with this game’s simple setup and rules.

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Tuesday’s Taste of the Corporate Playbook: Blindfold Pickup

Blindfold Pickup

Indoor Cooperative Game

Length of Activity: 15 minutes

Required materials: Lots of small office materials

How to Play:

  • Pair up with one person blindfolded/keeping eyes closed and one person communicating.
  • It is the communicator’s job to lead his or her partner through the obstacle-filled office, picking up designated items and bringing them back to the drop-off zone.
  • The first pair to successfully bring back all of the items wins.

Blindfold Pickup is a great way to strengthen office teamwork and trust, while boosting its energy as well. This game has a simple setup and infinite variations. Find out which pair has the best communication, but make sure to pay attention to the right voice!

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Tuesday’s Taste of the Corporate Playbook: All Tangled Up

All Tangled Up

Indoor Cooperative Game

Length of Activity: 10-15 minutes

Required materials: None

How to Play:

  • After forming a tight circle, take one hand and grab the hand of anyone in the group except direct neighbors.
  • This person then grabs the hand of anyone in the group except the people standing next to them and the person they are already holding hands with.
  • Continue this process until everyone is connected.
  • Now the entire group must work together to get untangled without letting go of each other’s hands.

This game is a fun way to test critical thinking ability and flexibility! The goal is simple, but getting there requires a lot of teamwork to solve this problem. If this is too easy, make the group larger and/or restrict some communication methods. Or race against another team for some added competition!

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Tuesday’s Taste of the Corporate Playbook: Sardines

Sardines

Outdoor Cooperative Game

Length of Activity: 15-20 minutes

Required materials: none

How to Play:

  • Designate the boundaries of the playing area before you start.
  • One person hides, and the rest of the group gives this person about 1 minute to do so.
  • The group then splits up to find the person hiding. When a person finds the hider, rather than pointing out this person like in regular hide-and-go-seek, he/she joins them in this hiding spot.
  • The game continues until the final person finds the large group in hiding.

Great way to hide from your work and get some fresh air in the meantime. This is a twist on classic hide-and-go-seek, and becomes more fun as more people pile into the compact hiding place.

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