5 Best Team Building Games Without Materials

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There’s never a poor time to implement some team building activities into your work schedule! Sometimes, however, you just need a quick activity or icebreaker without materials to get the ball rolling. Here are 5 great team building games without materials for your office!

5 Best Team Building Games Without Materials

  1. Two Truths and a Lie
  2. Charades
  3. The Leg Challenge
  4. Shipwreck
  5. Human Knot

Two Truths and a Lie

group sitting around bonfire at sunset in desertIf you’re looking to get to know your coworkers a little better, Two Truths and a Lie is a fun activity to learn some fun facts about those you work with. Here’s how it works. First, in your group, pick one person to begin the game. This person will make three statements about themselves, two of which are true and one of which is false. Then, the rest of the group will discuss which of the three statements given was a lie. It is important for the person making the statements to disguise their lie well enough to make it challenging for the rest of the group to guess. After everyone in your group has had a turn, you’ll have learned a lot about the rest of your team!


Charades is a classic “no materials” game and a great way to break up the monotony of the day to day work grind. Here’s how it works in the office:

  1. Assign one person in the office the job of writing out topic cards to act out during the game
  2. Split the office into two teams
  3. To start the game, flip a coin to decide which team will go first. That team will pick one player to act out the topic in front of their team. The player will have 30 seconds to act out the topic card while their team guesses what he/she is acting out. If the team guesses correctly they receive a point. If they cannot guess correctly, the opposing team will have a chance to steal the point by guessing correctly
  4. Repeat this process until everyone on both teams has picked a charade
  5. Whichever team has the most points after the game is over wins!

The Leg Challenge

two teams competing in a three legged race

The Leg Challenge is a short and simple team building game that requires no materials. Here’s how it works:

  1. Split your group into two even teams
  2. Place some cones down about 15 yards apart
  3. Have both teams start on the same side with each team’s arms interlocked
  4. Teams will run from one set of cones to the other, however, each time a team reaches a set of cones, they must keep one fewer leg on the ground to run to the next set of cones. (ex. Two teams of 6 are competing. They begin with 12 legs, but then must use 11 legs after reaching the first set of cones)
  5. The first team to successfully make it between the two sets of cones with only 25% of their total legs wins! (ex. Two teams of 6 are competing. The first team to successfully reach a set of cones using only 3 legs wins!)
  6. If a team fails to reach a set of cones during the challenge, the team must return to the set of cones they began that leg at and try again.


small island floating in the middle of blue water in the oceanShipwreck is a fantastic way to get the creative juices flowing with your coworkers. It all starts with the simple question: if you were sailing on a ship that crashed ashore a deserted island, what would your strategy for survival be? Think about what supplies you could salvage from the ship. What kinds of resources are on the island? How would you eventually get off the island? Divide your office into small groups and have each group present their ideas at the end of the activity. What did other groups do that your group didn’t think of? Which team would be the most successful? This activity is great if you’re looking to spur critical thinking in your office.

Human Knot

group of coworkers untangling a human knotYou probably remember doing a human knot in elementary school – but nothing compares to a human knot done with your entire office. Groups of anywhere from 6 to 20 people are ideal! Here’s how it works. Everyone will gather in a circle and hold the hands of two other people in the circle, excluding those directly next to them. Your right hand should always be holding a right hand and your left hand should always be holding a left hand. As the name of the game suggests, your goal is to untangle the human knot of arms you have created without ever letting go of the hands you’re holding.

If your group would like more of a challenge, try this activity with half of the group blindfolded to really test your communication skills!

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