Are you looking for a fun and engaging team building activity to do with your group? Look no further than Balloon Tower! We love to do this activity to encourage teamwork and discuss conquering challenges. We would love to hear how you use it, too!
Objective: Use a bag of balloons and roll of masking tape to build the tallest freestanding tower possible in the time allotted.
Time Needed: 20-30 minutes
Group Size: Any, split into teams of 4-6 people
Materials (per team):
- 1 bag of balloons
- 1 roll of masking tape
Directions: If your group is larger than 6, split into smaller teams. Give each team a bag of balloons and a roll of tape. Challenge the teams to make the tallest freestanding tower they can using only the balloons and tape.
Allow four minutes of brainstorming and planning. When you say “Go!” the tower building can begin.
Let the teams build for 10 minutes, giving time announcements at five minutes, two minutes and one minute remaining. At the end, whichever team has the tallest freestanding tower is the winner.
Congratulate all teams for creating such tall towers.
You can make it more difficult by allowing the teams to brainstorm and plan for four minutes and then not allowing them to talk while they are building.
- What worked for your group? What didn’t? How did you know?
- What was challenging? How did you deal with those challenges?
- How do you feel about your finished tower?
- How is this activity like working on your project with your team?
Pingback: Week Eleven: Newspaper Tables | STEM in Libraries