Team-building activities are important for middle school students because they help to develop essential skills such as communication, cooperation, and conflict resolution. Furthermore, team-building can foster a sense of community and belonging within a school.
9 Team-Building Activities to Try in School
Some great team-building activities for middle school students include:
Two Truths and a Lie
Have students introduce themselves by sharing two truths about themselves and one lie. Other students then have to guess which of the three is the lie.
Create a bingo sheet with different questions or statements such as “Has been to more than five countries,” “Had a pet snake,” or “Can play the piano.” Students then have to go around and find others who fit each description and get them to sign their name in the box. The first person to get five in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) wins!
The M&M Game
Give each student a handful of M&Ms (or any other type of candy) and have them count out how many there are in total. Once everyone has their number, have students share with the person next to them. Then, have each student guess how many M&Ms there are in total for the entire class. The person who is closest to the actual number wins a prize!
Have students stand in a circle and then have them grab the hand of someone across from them and also the hand of someone next to them so that there are three hands held per person. The goal is then to untangle the human knot without letting go of anyone’s hands. This activity can be made more challenging by adding more people to the circle or by having students close their eyes while untangling the knot.
Have students team up and sit back-to-back with their partner. One person will then be given a picture or word to describe to their partner without showing them the image. The goal is for the partner to recreate the picture or word as best they can based on the description given. This activity can be made more challenging by adding more people to each team or by having students describe the image using only one word.
Have students stand in a circle and toss a ball to someone else in the circle. As more balls are added, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep track of all of them and eventually, some will be dropped. The goal is to see how long the team can keep all of the balls in the air. This activity can be made more challenging by adding more balls or by having students stand further apart from each other.
This is a classic team-building activity that can be done indoors or outdoors. Place objects such as cones, balls, or other obstacles in a designated area to create a “minefield.” One team member will then be blindfolded and led into the minefield by their teammates. The goal is for the team to guide their blindfolded team mate through the minefield without touching any of the obstacles. This activity can be made more challenging by adding more teammates or by having the team mates guide the blindfolded person through the minefield without speaking.
This is a classic team-building activity that is perfect for middle school students. Divide students into teams and have each team line up behind each other. The first person in line will then tie a balloon around their ankle and the last person in line will tie a balloon around their waist. The goal is for the team to pop all of the balloons of the other team by stomping on them. The team that pops all of the balloons first wins! This activity can be made more challenging by adding more teammates or by having the team members move further apart from each other.
This is a classic team-building activity that is perfect for middle school students. Divide students into teams and have each team line up behind each other. The first person in line will then fall backwards into the arms of the team mates behind them. The goal is for the team to catch the person falling and to not let them hit the ground. This activity can be made more challenging by adding more teammates or by having the team members move further apart from each other.
These are just a few team-building activities that are perfect for middle school students. If you’re looking for more ideas, there are plenty of resources available online. And don’t forget, the best way to build a strong team is to encourage team members to get to know each other and to communicate openly with each other.