The Marshmallow Tower Challenge is a simple team exercise that is enjoyable but also encourages people to work together to practice problem solving , design thinking, resilience and agility. It is simple to facilitate, with inexpensive simple materials.
Duration: 20+ minutes (total timing depends on debrief time) Note the original exercise allows 18 minutes, I have reduced this to 12 minutes.
Create subgroups of 4-6 people
This exercise is a great way to encourage team members to collaborate, problem solve and to model design thinking such as testing and iterating. This activity also encourages critical thinking by asking
Further to our post on teambuilding activities for introverts and sceptics, here are some “Human Bingo” or “Icebreaker Bingo” grids found via search. Use these as inspiration and choose fun topics that will suit your group. Talking points are always good. Remember to include your instructions a the top (no need to be as heavy handed as some of these!!) Make it a race to finish or run it for a set time.