Whenever the word team is used in relation to team building ideas, the automatic assumption is that the activity is for a large number of people. However, it is very often the case that a team building activity will involve just a small group. Some team leaders, managers, and coaches find difficulty in trying to think of team building ideas for small groups, but there are plenty to choose from.
What is vitally important is not so much that any team building activity is specifically for small numbers of people, but that it solicits many of the key elements that all team building activities should have, regardless of the number of participants.
These include motivation, communication, collaboration, trust, and creativity. If your team activities do not provide opportunities for your team to display and use any of these, then it does not matter whether you have 2 or 200 participants, it is not going to benefit anyone in the way that you want it to.
Another thing we should point out is that the more variety that you can include in your team building ideas, the better. This means that you should include some which are done indoors, some which are outdoor physical activities, some that require certain skills, and others that are merely for fun and designed to help the group bond and build rapport.
If you are struggling to come up with team building ideas for a small group you are responsible for, here are some you might want to consider.
If you are looking for a physical activity that is a bit different then an ideal choice is to take your team to an axe throwing centre. Here they can bring out their native spirit, or dare we say, their aggressive side, by throwing axes at targets and seeing who has the most skill. This is great fun and a chance for the team to get to know each other better in an environment away from their usual surroundings.
Escape rooms is a well-established activity, not just for fun days out for families and friends, but they also are a great team building activity. The fact that in order to escape, the team need to work together to solve clues and puzzles, means they are perfect for small groups of normally up to 8 per team. If you have a bigger group then you can have multiple teams with a prize for the quickest team to escape.
Once Upon A Time
Everyone loves a good story and this team building idea is a perfect chance for everyone in your small group to listen to, and to tell, stories, on a number of subjects. Your team should ideally be sitting in a circle, and to start you give the first person a theme around which they must tell a story about themselves and their experiences around that theme. This provides for creativity, communication and it is also fun.
The greater your imagination the better for this fun team building activity as it will help you to create as diverse, and as whacky, a list of tasks as possible, that your team needs to complete. These can be to film themselves doing something, to collect a certain item, or take a photograph of a certain person, item, or location. If you have a small group then split them into pairs and send each pair out with the tasks in a different order.