The Simple Stuff


Team building can be as extravagant as a week-long retreat and as simple as a 5-10 minute activity.  Today, I’d like to share some simple, quick, and cheap activities:

This is an easy icebreaker for a meeting; toss the ball to everyone in the room, they read the saying that their thumb landed on out loud and answer the question.  The one featured below is the “Meet and Greet” thumball.

They have a variety of other thumb balls – things to get creativity flowing – “Describe It” Thumball; as well as “Best, Worst, First”; and “Virtues and Values”.  And, as a coffee drinker, I’m quite excited about the new product, the “My Favorite Things” Thumb Ball Cup (shown below).


And for retreats, or trainers, they have a Thumb ball series they produce every year!


  • JUST THE FACTS – Using a grease board or butcher paper to brainstorm about a topic you wan to address.  Go around the room and ask each participant to name a fact about the subject; continue until you run out of facts and participants begin to assert opinions instead of facts.  As group members begin to insert more opinions, encourage group members to call them out by saying “Just the Facts”.  This works great to brainstorm and get the creative juices flowing.  A simple example is “A carrot” – Facts could include: it’s orange; grown in the dirt; contains vitamins; a non-fact would be it tastes good.
  • ME TOO! – Have everyone stand up in from their chairs.  Begin with the person on your left and ask them to state a fact about themselves,  (e.g. “I love chocolate.”).  For all those that also love chocolate, they can say “Me too” and take a seat silently.   Continue until everyone is standing or only one person is standing.  You may want to repeat the activity a few times to get to know more people, depending upon the size of your group.




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