So, I started a search last night on team building activities that can be used in the classroom, when I suddenly realized that I had been sucked into a supermassive black hole! My problem is that I’m certain I should have more information to show for all my time and effort. Many of the activities I have found are riddled with logistical problems (not enough space or resources) or are inappropriate for school aged children — I mean, don’t you foresee a problem with a game called “Lap Sit,” which entails having kids form a circle facing each others backs and then squatting into a sitting position so that your rear end is sitting on the legs of the person behind you? There are no chairs… someone else has their rear in on your lap… and if the person behind you falls, so do you. I get the cooperation/team building concept, but really… can’t we find something a little more educational to use in our classroom as an ice breaker/team building activity?
Here is my challenge… Post a game/activity that has genuine educational value, requires few/no resources, is appropriate in a classroom, and little risk for injuries or lawsuit. I would like to compile a list of activities to use in the classroom that are not time fillers. I believe that we could all use a list like that, right? Also, try to think outside of the box. Let come up with some new ideas or ways to enrich the old ones.