Create fun teamwork activities that increase skills

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Campfire Stories

A classic activity that inspires storytelling and improves team bonding. Teams gather in a circle and share their workplace experiences. Along the way, they learn things about each other and relive old memories.

  1. Create a set of trigger words that can kick-start a storytelling session. Think of words like “first day”, “families”, “partnership”, “nature play”, etc. Add them to sticky notes.
  2. Divide a whiteboard into two sections. Post all sticky notes from above on one section of the whiteboard.
  3. Ask a participant to pick out one trigger word from the sticky notes and use it to share an experience (say, about his/her first day at the centre). Shift the chosen sticky note to the other side of the whiteboard.
  4. As the participant is relating his/her experience, ask others to jot down words that remind them of similar work-related stories. Add these words to sticky notes and paste them on the whiteboard.
  5. Repeat this process until you have a “wall of words” with interconnected stories.

Make Your Own Movie

What better way to stimulate creativity than to get your team to make their own little movie?

This fun activity can be done indoors or outdoors. It requires just 2 or 3 iPadsor a phone and your team will love it! After all, who doesn’t love movies?

  1. Setup the iPads / phones onto camera mode.
  2. Divide participants into teams and each team needs to work together to divide responsibilities (screenwriter, actors, camera operator, director, etc.).
  3. Optional:Introduce a theme such as a promotional movie for your Centre. If that seems too constricting, ask teams to pick their own topic/theme linked to their role.
  4. Ask teams to write scripts for their own 5-7 minute movie.
  5. Teams to create movies based on the script.
  6. Screen all finished movies at the end of the exercise!

Develop ideas and events for teams

Are you feeling like your team needs a lift?

Quite often teams will go through phases of ups and downs.

Try some of these great ideas to lift the spirit of your team and bring them together. These ideas work well when implemented consistently throughout the year to keep the team feeling good about themselves, recognised and appreciated.

  1. Staff lunches – every now and then organise a nice healthy lunch for your team. This is a nice way to have the staff come together to share in some food and enjoy a break together. Often, staff may enjoy bringing in a plate of food to share for a special lunch.
  2. Positive quotes – have a special area in the staff room where you can display positive and uplifting quotes for your team.
  3. Organise a staff appreciation week – take the time to show your team that you appreciate their hard work and dedication. You can organise some treats, fun games, small gifts, thank you notes. Parents and children usually love getting involved in these weeks as well.
  4. Social activities – organise some bonding time outside of work. Staff dinners, going to the movies, having a games night. This can be a great way to really get to know each other and build relationships.
  5. Board games and activities – provide your team with some fun board games and activities in the staff room that they can enjoy during their break times. Uno, Connect 4, Chess, Guess Who, colouring competitions are just some ideas of getting your team to spend time together and enjoy each other’s company.
  6. Staff member of the month – this can be a great way to keep staff motivated throughout the year and feel appreciated. There are many ways that this can be organised and lots of different options for rewards. Have the staff individually put in votes for who is the staff member of the month and why they are deserving.
  7. Appreciation Wall – Have a permanent spot for an appreciation wall where educators can write appreciation or thank you notes to each other. Families love to join in on this one as well. Kind and thoughtful words is a great way to lift someone’s spirit.
  8. Staff meeting Shout Outs – Open or close your staff meeting with some positive ‘shout-outs’ to your team. Let them know that you are watching them and that you notice all the great things they do.
  9. Random Acts of Kindness – This can be done in many different ways. Staff pick names out of a hat and have to do something nice for that person over the next week. Have a different theme every month or perhaps a different staff member to focus on.
  10. Celebrate Birthdays and special events – take the time to make your staff members feel special on their birthday or any other special event in their life such as getting married, having a baby, educational achievements like graduation. Make a card for them, share in a cake and sing them Happy Birthday or throw them a party. This is a great way to develop a sense of belonging to the group.
  11. Postcards and letters – This may take up a bit of time, but it is something that would make your team feel very loved and appreciated. Write a short ‘thank you’ letter or create a ‘thank you’ postcard and mail it home. This would be a lovely surprise for your staff when they check their letterbox and I am sure it would make them feel great at the end of their day.
  12. Positive self-reflection notes – Stick up some positive self-talk notes around the mirror in your staff bathroom. When your staff head to the bathroom and look at themselves in the mirror while washing their hands, they can read a whole lot of positivity e.g. you are looking great today! Your smile has just made a child’s day! You are an awesome teacher!
  13. Fun Competitions – Competitions can be a great way to get teams working together. Think of some fun competitions throughout the year such as vegetable growing competitions, class projects, art competitions, team sports day, cooking competition.The ideas are endless!
  14. Educator in focus – Write a piece on a different educator in your monthly newsletters highlighting their achievements, skills and talents, and what makes them a wonderful educator. This is a great way to build the relationships with families as well.
  15. Themed dress up days – A great way to bring a bit of fun to the centre. Get your team involved in some dress up days and have special awards for most creative and best dressed.

What are your favourite ideas?

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