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Shopping Basket Skits: Team Building Activity for Teenagers

March 21, 2013

Team Building Activities for Teenagers: Shopping Basket SkitsTeam building activities for teenagers – Shopping Basket Skits

Main aim: To encourage peer to peer feedback among teenagers

Name: Shopping Basket Skits

Type: Team building activities for teenagers

Players: 4-5 players per team, minimum 2 teams (ideally around 4 teams)

Duration: 45 – 60 minutes

Materials: One shopping basket or shopping bag per team, around 5-6 assorted objects per team (e.g. paper plates, paper cups, pencils, erasers, cloth, shirts, any other materials) to be distributed according to instructions.

Preparation: Label each shopping basket or shopping bag and each object with the name of a team. The name may be in alphanumerical order, with the team players giving a proper name for their team once the activity has started.

Instructions

  • Set out each shopping basket or shopping bag in a row.
  • Each person take turns picking out an object. That person will need to check the name of the team written on the object and place the object in the appropriate basket or bag with the same team label.
  • Once everyone has taken their turn, each person gets into their group.
  • Each team will be given one of the shopping baskets or bags.
  • Each team will then need to come up with the name of their team and must perform a skit using ALL the objects in the grocery or paper bag.
  • Around 30 minutes should be set aside to allow the teams make up a skit and practice. Explain to each team that peer feedback and neutral criticisms on performance should be given.
  • Winners may be chosen e.g. best skit, best team name, best teamwork and so on.
  • When the activity ends, provide feedback and ask the participants for feedback.

Rationale

The activity requires the following:

  • Collaboration among team members on the name of the team.
  • Communication among team members on the type of skit to be performed and the characters to be played by each team member.
  • Dedication to the team in relation to team performance for the skit.
  • Peer feedback for each team member in assessing individual performance during the time given for practicing of the skit.

The main aim of this team building activity is to encourage full participation of each person in the team in the skit and to encourage giving and receiving peer to peer feedback in a neutral way.