Being so diverse, GIGI building blocks can be used not only for block play, but also in otherwise quite stiff corporate environment. Here we have found and compiled 3 activity ideas to try out in the next team building event of your company and adjusted them to be carried out with GIGI Bloks. Use these games as ice breakers or to train your team's problem solving skills, as well as to remind them that they all work together for one - bigger purpose!
Tower Building: Giving Direction
Purpose: This exercise gives participants first-hand experience of how management style affects the performance of a team. It shows different styles in action, demonstrating, for example, that what managers intend is not always what comes across. It’s an engaging, enlightening exercise that has real impact and generates live, behavioral data you can work with.
Divide your participants into groups, each containing one manager and three team members.
Instructions: As a group, they have to build a tower using the blocks. Sounds easy – until you tell them that team members must be blindfolded and use their non-dominant hand.
Managers cannot touch either the blocks or their team members.
The Tower Build Exercise gives participants first hand experience of the impact of management style on the performance of the team. This is a chance for participants to think about what makes a great leader, and it provides rich data upon which to draw important conclusions about leadership behavior and its impact.
Debrief: Discuss some of these important messages.
What a manager intends is not always what comes across to others. a perspective on what the team is trying to accomplish?
Did you notice a different in active and reflective learners?
What did you learn about others in your group?
What did you learn about how you can influence your team? Did you notice different managerial styles in action?
Just a glimpse.
This problem solving activity requires little more than a couple of sets of children’s building blocks. The instructor will build a small sculpture with some of the building blocks and hide it from the group. The participants should then be divided into small teams of 3-6. Each team should be given enough building material so that they can duplicate the structure the instructor has created (specific size and color included). The instructor should then place their sculpture in an area that is an equal distance from all the groups. One member from each team can come up at any point of time to look at the sculpture for as long as they want and try to memorize it before returning to their team. No paper, pen no camera are allowed to be brought to the sculpture. After they return to their teams, they instruct their teams about how to build an exact replica of the instructor’s sculpture. Meanwhile, another member from each team can come up for another sneak peek before returning to their team and trying to recreate the sculpture. The game should be continued in this pattern until one of the team’s successfully duplicates the original sculpture. This game will teach participants how to strategize, communicate effectively and problem solve in a group.
See a similar activity by HTHU.
“Sum of the Parts”
Purpose: Challenge a team to think about how communication is needed to improve work morale and help bridge differences. Teaches how each one doing their part can meet a team goal through effective communication. Great communication activity that proves that sometimes everyone is right!
Equipment: Set of building blocks for each team. Separate instructions for each team member.
Objective: Participants must build a shared tower using the blocks provided. Each member of the team has their own instructions that the others are not aware of.
Instructions: Participants must not share their instructions with each other at any point. EXAMPLES FOR INSTRUCTIONS FOR TEAM MEMBERS:
Team Member #1: Your tower must be 10 levels high.
Team Member #2: Your tower must be built with different colours of blocks.
Team Member #3: On every block there must be something written.
Team Member #4: The 4th level of your tower must include some other objects, like books and etc.
Team Member #5: Your tower must include at least 30 blocks.
Team Member #6: Only you may build the tower.
Remember! Team members may not share their instructions with the other team members.
Game ends when each team has completed their structure. They then share with each other their individual instructions and see if they have met all the requirements.
Debrief: Discuss the following after the activity.
Have the team rate their effectiveness on a 1-10 scale (1 meaning you didn’t work well together, 10 meaning you were extraordinary).
How many of the individual instructions did we complete?
What instructions did we not complete? Why were you not able to complete them? Was there a leader in our group?
What did that person do to help our group accomplish our goal?
What difficulties did you face?
How did you resolve difficulties?
How did you feel throughout the activity?
Who in the group communicated the best? How did they communicate?
What can you learn about team differences and team morale from this activity?
Of course, there are a lot more activities that can be realized with building blocks or that can be adjusted for building blocks. As you can write and draw on GIGI Blocks, the possibilities to use them in team building are endless! For instance, you can even use blocks as post-its or idea blocks in your weekly brainstorm - each person writes some idea or suggestion and then adds it to the pyramid, tower or other other creation compiling all of the ideas!
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The only difference is in size.
XL is 60% from XXL block size.
XXL are 7.87x3.94x3.94in (20x10x10cm).
XL are 5.11x2.56x2.56in (13x6.5x6.5cm).
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