Ask any lecturer, team leader, boss, preacher, or any leader and they will tell you how important it is to build a team that gels well with one another, and works towards a goal in cohesion.
Most of the failures that occur, most of the deals that are lost, most of the disappointments seen at the end of the day, are spearheaded not because of the lack of individual talent, but because of the lack of teamwork.
We, as human beings are interdependent and linked to one another. Thus, to taste success, we need to work together, hand in hand, hauling those left behind us and looking at the greater picture. By including some group activities in one's curriculum or lecture, one can help develop bond formations between team members, delegates, parishioners, students, etc.
Every 5 seconds add one balloon into the circle, giving more balloons for the members to bounce. This means besides bouncing their own balloon, the participants have to bounce the team's balloons as well.
This is one of those team building exercises that truly tests most aspects of teamwork. It's a fun game, but can get frustrating if the team does not work together.
Prior Preparation: This game needs to be played in a place where you can have access to the playing area way before the participants come. Moreover, it should not be an open grass field or lawn, because you need lots of crevices and spaces to hide things. Once this issue is settled, get on with collecting small articles (preferably unwanted items).
List each group as A, B, and C. This means each group has a different set of items allotted to them. Hide these items behind bushes, under dried leaves, and several other places. Your job doesn't end here. Next, sit and jot down names of 5 items that are commonly found on people like finger rings, shoe laces, hair clip, necklace, and cell phone.
Add these 5 common items to each list. Thus, the final list contains 15 total items. Your prior preparation ends here! Reduce or increase the number of items depending on the number of participants.
Game: Sort the participants into three groups; A, B, and C. You can give them cool names if you want. Ask them to stand in a line and hold hands to form a human chain. One hand of the first and last member of the human chain will be free.
The rule is that no group is at any given time allowed to break the human chain, not even when they find an item.
Any break will lead them to disqualification. The idea is to run in a chain, and when an item has been found, the first member of the chain needs to lift the item with his or her free hand and place it in the plastic bag of the last member of the chain. This way they have to collect all the items.
About the ring, shoelace, etc., the team members need to figure how to get them off their team members without breaking the chain. They have two free hands, so it's up to their creativity! The team which collects all the items first and reaches the starting point is the winner.
These were just two simple, yet fun and effective group activities that you can try out. There are scores of such team building games that you can use as tools to initiate sparks of friendship and team spirit in the group you are working with. All the best!