There are many reasons for using games in your team building program. The most important reason for most facilitators is that games can add an element of fun. In the other training activities, fun may not be the foremost goal. Games can entice team members to become involved. Team members will interact with each other in a different type of activity from the rest of the training program. Thus, games bring them together in a new situation. While participating, they get to know another side to their team mates.
Some of the other reasons are listed below.
- Participating in games provides team members with an opportunity for movement that can be sadly lacking in the daily training/school routine.
- Physical activity/movement promotes an increase in brain activity and re-energises the body.
- Both increased brain, muscle activity lead to increased blood flow that will both refocus attention and improve the individual’s mood.
- Any change in activity level will refresh participants and offset boredom. This is often called a brain break.
- There is some evidence that goes further to say that if the games require movement that encourage participants to be active they can improve learning, concentration and memory.
- Interactive games build relationships between team members.
- Games can provide a structured, interesting activity where participants are unconsciously learning team building concepts
- In the developing of relationships, team members can get to know one another and start to trust one another while having fun.
- Games can be educative in subtle but effective ways.
- All games can help develop a range of communication skills and some require use of literacy and numeracy skills.
- Good educational games can be motivational and promote a range of higher order thinking skills such as:
- creative thinking (as found in the energiser and team bonding games)
- problem solving and analytical thinking skills (icebreakers, energisers, team bonding and trust games)
- collaborative, cooperative thinking plus negotiation skills (team bonding and trust)
- reflective, evaluative and critical thinking (closure games).