A while ago, I got a Balloon Time Newsletter* that shared a few things you can do with balloons, besides blow them up and make them into balloon animals. Their featured activity, “Word Scramble,” may have potential as a team building activity. I’ll let you decide:
- 30 or 50 balloons
- Felt-tipped marker
How To Play:
- Select a word or phrase related to the occasion.
- If you select a word: inflate one balloon per letter of the word.
If you select a phrase: inflate one balloon per word of the phrase.
- Attach a ribbon to each balloon. The balloons will be free-hanging, so be sure to make the ribbon long enough that the participants can reach them.
- Use a felt-tipped marker to write one letter (or one word) of the selected phrase on each balloon. Scatter them around the room.
- Have the participants work together to unscramble the word or phrase and put the balloons in the correct order.
- The game can also be played with teams by inflating one balloon per letter (or word) multiplied by the number of teams.
- You can play this game outdoors, providing you attach weights to the ribbons tied to the balloons.
How can this be used as a team-building activity?
- The phrase (or word) can be a message central to the meeting. A motivational saying, perhaps, or a core value you’re emphasizing.
- You can structure the teams to include organizational roles, or personality types, etc. How they solve the puzzle may be based upon those roles.
Yes, this activity itself is a variation of many message-assembly activities. The balloons add an energy to the activity, especially as participants search through a room of moving balloons.
*I’d attribute this activity to balloontimenews.com, but the site appears not to be active any more. You can check out balloontime.com for some additional party activities.