Team Building Activity: Play Dough-tionary

Play Dough-tionary

Want to incorporate a little competition and team building into your next meeting? Look no further than Play Dough-tionary! Designed for small groups to compete, this quick and exciting challenge is perfect for encouraging creative thinking and good communication among groups.

Time Needed: 15 minutes

Group Size: Any

Materials: Caboodle Cards, Play-Doh

Directions: Break your large group into smaller groups. Groups should be 2-4 people each.

Give each group 25 Caboodle Cards* and instruct them to keep the cards on the table photo side up. Give each group a container of Play-Doh. Share with groups that they will be playing a version of Pictionary using the Play-Doh to form the words listed in the middle on the right side of the cards. Without talking, one person at a time from each group will select a card and form the word they see using the Play-Doh. Group members will try to guess the words from the Play-Doh structures that are being built within their group. Group members should rotate who is building the structure to give everyone a chance to play that role. The goal is to guess as many words as possible within the timeframe they are given. Make this a competition by having small groups sit next to each other and see which group can get the most correct guesses.

*Caboodle Cards are a fantastic tool that can be purchased here. However, if you don’t have a deck, you can adapt this activity by writing words on slips of paper and having the group choose them at random. Be sure to use words that can easily be formed using Play-Doh.

Debrief Questions:

  • How did your group communicate?
  • What are some ways that your group could have worked better together?
  • Why is it important that we pay attention to nonverbal communication when working with others?
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