How team building activities can benefit children

Team building exercises are activities that help people learn how to work together more easily and effectively, whilst also teaching better communication skills and raising levels of trust. All of these factors can be extremely beneficial to children as they grow up and develop.

Team building activities as seen on our school residential trips

What is team building?

Team building brings together a group of individuals and puts them in a situation where they have to work together to achieve a common goal. Every member of the team must find a way of co-operating with each other, rather than doing their own thing.

For example, if you imagine a game of tug-of-war where every person on the team decides when to pull the rope and how far to step back, it would be carnage! However, a team that works together to put in the same effort and take the same sized steps in unison is far more likely to win.


Team building activities help children to learn how to co-operate, improve their communication and organisation. The great thing about team building is that those taking part in the activities not only learn from the instructors, but also learn from each other.

It also offers the perfect opportunity to build social skills, giving kids the chance to work and communicate with their peers. These positive interactions during the activities can do wonders to boost the self-esteem of those taking part, which is extremely important for kids as they grow up.

Examples of activities

Kids who attend our school residential trips will have the chance to take part in many team building activities, and we’ve taken a look at a few examples below:

  • Schools Team building – A range of activities where our staff members will look at different leadership styles and problem solving. We then review what the kids have learnt and how they can adapt these to both school and daily life.
  • Canadian Canoeing – With between two and four people in a boat, all members must work together in order to navigate the route efficiently and effectively.
  • Orienteering – Learning basic map reading skills and navigating a series of puzzles in a group requires individuals to communicate and listen to each other in order to reach their goal.

These are just a few examples of team building activities that can be enjoyed on trips to our activity centre. Why not contact us today for more information?