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Toothpaste Trouble Activity: Watch Out for the Toothpaste Teenagers

February 20, 2013

Team building activities for teenagers: Toothpaste TroubleTeam building activities for teenagers – Toothpaste Trouble

Main aim:  To teach teenagers that words once spoken, cannot be taken back

Name: Toothpaste Trouble

Type: Team building activities for teenagers

Players: Groups of 3-5 persons per group

Duration: 20 minutes

Materials: Large cardboard, toothpaste and marking pen per group

Preparation: None

Instructions

  • Groups of 3-5 persons per group
  • Each group should have a piece of cardboard and marking pen.
  • Each group has two minutes to think of one word that describes all of them in common.
  • Write that word down on the cardboard.
  • When the time is up, each group is given a tube of toothpaste.
  • Each group has two more minutes to draw the word out in toothpaste as neatly and as creatively as possible.
  • Explain that the best part of the activity is about to begin – the groups are now required to get the toothpaste back into the tube.
  • EACH group member must play his or her part to get the toothpaste back in.
  • The groups have two minutes to try to do so. More time may be given if they ask for it – perhaps another minute or so.
  • The team with the least amount of toothpaste left on the cardboard will be the winner.
  • Provide feedback and ask the participants for feedback.

Rationale

The activity requires the following:

  • Teamwork among group members.
  • Creativity in drawing out the word in toothpaste.
  • Communication among group members on the chosen word.
  • Cooperation among group members to get the toothpaste back into the tube.
  • Acceptance by group members of their limitations.

The main aim of the team building activity is to show the teenagers that the toothpaste cannot be forced back into the toothpaste tube. This is the same for any words that are spoken by them. Such words cannot be taken back by the teen and therefore, it is not only important to think carefully about we say before we say it but to also choose our words wisely.