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23 Team Building Activities To Try in 2023

January 3, 2023

New Team Building Events for the New Year! 

 

 

It’s 2023 and it’s time to plan out your team building for the year! Consistent team building is the key to great company culture and employee retention. 

Try one of our unique events that are proven to engage employees and ignite passion and connection. Whether your team is virtual, in-person, or hybrid- we guarantee these are a step up from your last company happy hour! 

1. Build Your Own Succulent Terrarium

Our most popular event for two years running- this is a fan favorite office wide! 

Plant and design your own living succulent terrarium and learn the science behind these amazing plants. 

Booked over 500 times- this event has rave reviews with reports of some of the highest employee attendance and participation rates our contacts had seen in their offices. Don’t skip on this one!

Budget friendly alternative: Ship supplies in bulk to a single location and host a build your own succulent bar to save on individual shipping costs.

2. Seasonal Watercolor Class

This event is perfect for a relaxing alternative to team building. Allow your employees to express their creativity without any pressure. 

Our artist will walk you through watercolor techniques while listening to calming music for a zen experience. 

No experience required.

Budget friendly alternative: Book the host but have attendees bring their own watercolor supplies!



3. Everlasting Floral Arrangement

Learn the basics of floral arranging and create a beautiful piece to decorate your home. We use premium natural materials like eucalyptus, baby’s breath, and strawflower to create an experience that is unlike any other team building event.

4. Air Dry Pottery

Work with your hands and create something together in this engaging team building experience. Our artist will teach you techniques to create your own pot which you can paint and use around the house. 

5. Tie Dye Party

When was the last time you did a tie dye project? This carefree event is family friendly, easy, and fun! Get your hands dirty and wear your shirt for a team pic or on your next casual Friday!

Budget friendly alternative: Supply the tie dye but have attendees bring their own white clothing pieces! Book this event without a host using our informative DIY video instructions instead!

6. Moss Art

Make your own moss art! This beautiful framed piece can go anywhere in your house because it’s made using preserved moss so there’s no need to water it.

We guarantee your team has never done anything like this before!

7. DIY Kitchen Herb Garden

Grow your own indoor herb garden! Perfect for the plant lovers and cooks in the office! Complete with three live herbs this planter is great for sitting in the windowsill.



8. Soap Making 101

Make your own soap at home! Our expert host will show you how easy it is! Bring your team together for some good clean fun- pun intended!

9. Improv For the Office

Learn the basics of improv in an office environment! This class uses the “Yes, And” principle to improve communication and collaboration among employess.

Budget friendly: No kit required making this one of our most budget-friendly events

10. Make Your Own Candles

Everybody loves candles! Learn to make your own while learning the history of candlemaking.

11. Plant Your Own Bonsai

Learn the ancient art of bonsai in this one of a kind class. Our second most popular event- this is a truly unique and memorable experience that dates back thousands of years!

12. Origami 101

Origami is a meditative art that allows for fun, folding, and lots of socializing. We teach several origami classes from Dollar Bill Origami to Modular Origami and more! A very budget friendly offering!

13. The Art of Kokedama

This DIY Kokedama event is loved by all who book it.  What is Kokedama? It’s the art of planting within a ball of moss. A truly unique experience! Attendees will get their hands dirty in this memorable and unique class that is our hosts all time favorite class. 

14. Brazillian Truffle Making

Meet Brazil’s most loved dessert: the brigadeiro. It’s a cousin of the chocolate truffle but even more luscious and decadent. It’s every chocolate lover’s dream. 

In this class, we’ll roll, decorate, and sample chocolate brigadeiros. With rhythmic Brazilian music and interactive games- it’s an experience full of culture and chocolatey fun!

15. Wine Bottle Planter

For the wine lovers in your office, grow your own succulents in a wine bottle planter. We’re all about reuse, reduce, and recycle! 

16. DIY Chunky Knit Blanket

Cozy up with our chunky knit blanket class! No knitting experience or needles required! These plush oversized blankets are trending and this class was rated “Our Rising Star” for 2022! Will it beat succulent terrariums for most popular class of 2023? We’ve got our eyes on chunky knit everything!

17. DIY Chunky Knit Pillow

Speaking of! If you’ve mastered the chunky knit blanket- try our chunky knit pillow! Slightly more complex- this is another fan fave!

18. Laughter Yoga

A unique offering that is sure to take your team out of their comfort zone- in the best way! You’ll be laughing together in no time!

Budget friendly: No kit required making this one of our most budget-friendly events 

19. Charcuterie Board Tasting

Team building and a snack? Count us in! Taste your way through a variety of cheese, meats, and other small bites while you learn the fundamentals of creating a charcuterie board that could rival Martha Stewart!

20. Birdhouse for Wrens

Build a bird house together while learning more about wrens! 

21. Cookie Decorating 

Decorate your own cookies, learn frosting techniques, and sample your own work! Family friendly and fun!

22. Robot Battles

Teams of 5 to 10 people build a functioning robot together and then battle! Similar to the popular television show “BattleBots”.  Not only is this event perfect for engineers, but all departments in your company are sure to have a blast!

23. Sumingashi

Suminagashi, Japanese for “floating ink”, is a traditional art form from the 12th century.  Create a floating piece of art on the surface of the water and capturing the natural swirling as prints on coasters.

So ditch the lackluster happy hour and wow your team with something as unique as they are! 

Leave the stress of planning to us — work with the pros

We’re here to help plan, host, and run your event. Working with a professional event company like ours helps make your events smooth, seamless, and memorable for everyone involved!

Learn more about our virtual event process here and contact us here to get started planning your next event.

FAQ

What are the four main types of team-building activities?

Team building activities generally fall into the following four main categories:

  • Team Social – these are activities that usually center around food & bev where the structure is quite loose and casual.  Think of your typical Happy Hour and this is it.  Planning socials are generally quite straightforward.
  • Team Outing – these usually include an activity that involves specialized equipment, location or setting.  For example, bowling, baseball games, movie screening, Go-Kart racing or ski trips.  Organizing these events vary in complexity depending on how far you have to travel and the amount of prep needed by each individual to participate.
  • Skill Building – these activities generally involve problem solving or working together to achieve a common goal.  Examples include communication workshops, escape rooms, bridge or tower building competitions.
  • Interest-based Experiences – these activities are based on interest expressed by the employee base and can range from personal interests like making succulent terrariums, to seasonal interests like wreath-making during the holiday season.  Organizing successful interest-based experiences takes thoughtful planning, employee surveys and finding subject matter experts to facilitate the experience.  Garden Streets specializes in interest-based activities and offers 5-star experiences in categories such as food & bev, arts & crafts, seasonal & holiday and more.  Booking is easy.  Just give us a shout via our Contact Us form and we’ll be in touch shortly.
What are good team bonding ideas?

Team bonding is all about sharing common experiences.  There are so many things teams can do together, but the best types for bonding are ones that are inclusive, meaningful, fun and ideally have something that’s physical, via physical activities or making something with hands. 

All Garden Streets events are designed with these characteristics in mind.  Many teams report that their employees continue to talk about and share what they made during the event, long after the event date!

Here are some of our top recommendations:

  • Succulent terrarium building
  • Watercolor painting 
  • Modular origami (or Dollar Bill Origami)
  • Make-your-own wreath
  • Gingerbread house decorating
  • Birdhouse making
  • Collaborative mural painting
  • Bonsai tree 101
  • Houseplants 101
  • Laughter yoga with a drag queen

Talk to our team for personalized recommendations for your team!

What are 7 team building strategies?

We have been working with hundreds of companies on team building and would summarize our recommended strategy to the following 7 steps:

  • Discovery.  This step is all about understanding where the team needs.  Is it a cohort of new employees who need to meet others?  Is it a team that has recently faced some challenges and needs to regroup?
  • Ideation.  This step is to ideate ways to address the needs of the team.  This may take the form of surveys and / or brainstorming sessions.  The goal here is to involve everyone in the acknowledgement that team building is needed and to get their thoughts on how they’d like to do it.  
  • Exploration.  This step is about taking the ideas and exploring the solutions.  For example, if the team is looking to get to know each other better (discovery) and is interested in doing some fun activities together (ideation), this step of exploration is all about finding potential activities and vendors.
  • Commitment.  This step is to commit to doing something, let it be a single event, or “we will do monthly events for a year”.  Taking such a step also involves commitment in resources (budget and time).
  • Planning.  Now it’s down to planning the schedule for events and teams, talking to vendors to get availability and pricing, etc.  Depending on the level of commitment, this may mean multiple events, multiple vendors and requires dedicated personnel to manage. 
  • Implementation.  This step is for booking events, coordinating calendar invites, venues, shipping (for remote team members to get materials) and actually putting the ‘show’ on!
  • Evaluation.  This step is about doing post-event surveys so you know how it went and what can be done differently.  The data from this step becomes input during the next discovery phase and completes the loop for building amazing teams.

Garden Streets can help with all of the above!  Contact us!

 

What is an example of team building?

Team building is when people get together, do something and get to know each other better.  The goal is for everyone to enjoy each other’s company in a non-work setting so the good will will translate into the workplace.  There is a saying that “To know someone is to love someone”.  In the professional setting, it translates to “people work better together when they know and trust each other”.  

Some of our favorite team building events include:

  • Icebreakers – Two Truths and a Lie
  • Potluck – great way to try out each other’s favorite foods and culinary traditions
  • Garden together – getting your hands dirty together and back to the roots is a great way to create and build something (a garden) that’s fulfilling.  Garden Streets specializes in gardening and nature events with kits for herb gardens, wreath making, succulent terrariums and more.
  • Laugh together – Do a Laughter Yoga and enjoy each other’s laughter.  It is indeed the best medicine and can boost moods for multiple days!
  • Paint together – Be collaborative and make a piece of art together that can be displayed in the lobby or other white walls around the office.  This is not only a great team-building event, but also a great way to celebrate team achievements and activate the company brand.
  • Walk together – Doing walking challenges is a great way to build healthy habits while spending time together in small groups.  Walking relaxes the mind and is easily accessible to employees, wherever they are. 
  • Celebrate together – Holiday or seasonal themed events are excellent for getting people together around a common topic.  Ask each other their favorite Halloween costumes, favorite candy, or New Year’s traditions. 
How do I make Friday fun at work?

The end of the week is a special time.  People are generally in a good mood looking forward to a weekend of relaxation.  Perhaps they feel proud of all that they’ve accomplished during the week.  It’s a great time to bring the team together.

Here are some of our favorites:

  • Share “Rose, Thorn and Bud” with each other.  Rose is something that went well during the week.  Thorn is something that didn’t go as well.  Bud is something that you’re looking forward to.
  • Catered lunch or go out for a team lunch at a local restaurant.  Free food is always welcome!  Take it up a notch and add some treats and fun activities like Cookie Decorating.
  • Send a surprise gift.  This could be something as small as a pack of cookies or cash to spend on a movie during the weekend, or something more substantial like a surprise kit to make something together as a team. 
  • Do a fun activity together with a wellness and hands-on aspect.  Activities like watercolor painting, laughter yoga or making a succulent terrarium are very enjoyable to do together and provides fond memories going into the weekend and beyond!
  • Run a raffle based on things that people do during the week, such as recycling or turning lights off in the office to save energy.  
  • Do a fun office-themed trivia game.
  • Have a board game ‘night’ where groups get together to play board games.
  • Have a ping pong tournament.  Ping pong is a fast sport and can be played during the week, with the finalists getting together for a ‘showdown’ on Friday.
  • Team outing such as baseball game or movie screening. 
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