Tuesday’s Taste of the Corporate Playbook: Ball Toss Race

Ball Toss Race

Icebreaker

Length of Activity: 10 minutes

Required materials: 1 ball or any throwable object

How to Play:

  • Start by gathering in a spacious room and taking turns loudly presenting your name to the group.
  • Quickly say another person’s name and pass them the ball.
  • Continue to toss the ball around the room, sitting/kneeling down after passing the ball so that everyone receives the ball just once.
  • After the ball reaches the last person, immediately pass the ball back around in the opposite direction and continue to say the names of those you pass the ball to.

Learn everyone’s names with some added competition. This game is a great way to make learning names more enjoyable. Time yourselves and try to be as fast as possible. Or raise the stakes by racing against another team!

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About the Corporate Playbook

Fun Office Games for Any Occasion: Icebreakers, Energizers, and More


          Playworks believes in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid, but our Playworks’ Playbook isn’t just for kids! Many of our games are fun for all ages, so we compiled them into the Playworks Corporate Playbook with some grown-up modifications to suit any office.

          Why are office games important? It is hard for kids to focus at school, and adults struggle with this same problem at work. Over 90% of educators at our schools agree that Playworks increases cooperation between students, the ability to focus in class, the use of conflict resolution strategies, and feelings of inclusion. The same concepts are applicable at the corporate level, as employees are more likely to be fully engaged at work if they are having fun. Investing a little time on fun activities can significantly improve office morale and contribute to future company success.

          Our Corporate Playbook offers games for every occasion: icebreakers for getting to know your coworkers, Minute Moves & Energizers to liven up meetings, indoor cooperative games for your next office break, and outdoor cooperative games for the next time your team needs some fresh air. Whether these games are used as 10 minute breaks in the day, or are organized into an office game-day a few times per year, it is a fun and easy way to excite the office. Simple rewards like competing for food incentives are always good motivators. Who wouldn’t want to have fun or earn free food at the office?

This blog highlights one game per week and offers insightful suggestions on how to best incorporate these games into an office setting. Have fun with these games and make sure to share with your friends!

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Tuesday’s Taste of the Corporate Playbook: Look Up

Play isn’t just for kids! Here’s another sneak peek into our Corporate Playbook for adults. These games for grown ups are the perfect icebreakers for beginning meetings and for getting to know everyone in the office.

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Look Up

Goal: Icebreakers/Warmups, Increase Social Comfort

How to Play:

  • Form a circle. One person is chosen in the circle to be the caller who starts by saying, “Look down!”
  • Everyone looks down at their feet
  • When the caller says “Look up!” everyone looks up directly at someone else in that circle (no fair looking around).
  • If two people are looking at each other, they step out of the circle.
  • The game ends when there are only two players left!

A variation to try can be to start with two circles, and have players that look at each other both go to the other circle (if the caller leaves the circle, a new caller is chosen). Have fun with this game and remember to share it with your friends!

 

 

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Tuesday’s Taste of the Corporate Playbook: Zen Counting

As we have mentioned before on our blog, play isn’t just for kids!  Now, we’re working on a Corporate Playbook with the perfect icebreakers and activities for beginning your meetings or for taking a constructive break to play in the office. Here’s a sneak peek at one of the Icebreakers:

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Zen Counting

Goal: Icebreaker to improve communication.

How To Play:

Have the group count from one to ten. The larger the group, the harder this is and the longer it can take. Start by giving them instructions and letting them ask questions, but don’t allow them to plan any strategy (e.g. there should be no designated order). The rules:

  • Only one person can talk at a time; if two people speak at once, the group must start over.
  • No one person can say two consecutive numbers.
  • No gestures allowed

Once your group becomes good at it, you can even have them try with their eyes closed. Enjoy the game and be sure to post your experience!

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Meeting Icebreaker: Movement Name Game

Our Playworks’ Playbook isn’t just for kids! Adding an icebreaker game to your team’s meetings can create excitement and make for a more fun, engaging meeting. Here’s an easy one to try out at your next meeting:

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Movement Name Game

Goal: To learn everyone’s names and a little bit of their personality.

How to Play:
  • Circle up (it can be around a table) and make sure everyone as a little room
  • The first person begins the circle rotation by loudly saying his/her name while at the same time doing a movement that represents them
  • Movement examples: Shooting a basketball, fun dance move, or kicking a soccer ball
  • The whole group repeats back the name and movement
  • This call and response continues around the circle until everyone has gotten a turn

Have fun and make sure to post the best moves that you see!

 

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