Lego team building events! It’s not a big secret that team building exercises can be generic, and mundane. Some can be uncomfortable. Bring out the Lego sets and you may notice a sudden change in attitude!
Whether as a child or parent, have experience using Lego is always associated with fun.
Event Duration: 4-5 hours (half day)
Group Size: 50 – 200+ (dependent on your budget)
Location: Your hotel meeting room or office only
Benefits: Shared common goals, balanced participation, leadership and communication.
Example Lego exercises:
The Lego team Building Tower Challenge
We’ll start with a classic. This Lego challenge has your group split into even teams, ideally with 3-5 members. The rule is that the team that builds the largest standing tower in a limited frame of time will be the winner. The tower must be sturdy enough that it stands on its own for 60 seconds, so plan it carefully!
This challenge may see those with natural leadership qualities take the lead and can be an interesting way to analyse your employee’s strengths and weaknesses. It can be made more interesting by not allowing the teams to speak during the construction, or by telling them to build it on uneven or shaky surfaces.
The more obstacles in place, the more they will have to work together as a team to overcome!
Building Bridges with Lego
If it’s not too on the nose, you may choose to include the Lego bridge building exercise to really enforce the idea of coming together. It’s a simple one; divide your group into two teams and give each team bricks to build half of a bridge.
Place a sheet between them so one team can’t see what the other one is constructing. They must rely solely on verbal communication with each other to explain how it looks and how they can fit it together.
When both have their parts completed, remove the sheet and allow them to try and find a way to link their parts together, no matter how vastly different or haphazard they are.
A time limit on this exercise can add to the fun and to their ability to work under pressure!
Using Lego to Relate to Workplace Situations
Every place of work has its problems. Maybe Susan keeps stealing a sandwich out of the fridge, or Dave won’t stop sending inappropriate chain emails from 2004.
Instead of just talking through these problems or issues, it can take the edge and discomfort off the situation slightly if you use Lego to recreate scenarios that employees have to deal with in work.
Try using groups of two to four people to recreate some situations using Lego pieces, all within a 10-15 minute period. People are more likely to relate and participate with something they can physically see, so making “snapshots” of people or situations with the Lego may prove more productive than spelling out words on a whiteboard!
Lego Serious Play Kits
If you needed any more evidence that Lego can be an essential part of team building, then look no further; Lego’s own “Serious Play” kits are designed specifically to be used in professional and team building environments.
You can use any kind of Lego for your team building sessions, but these are geared solely towards that kind of use.
This is especially helpful with the likes of recreating workplace situations or role-playing, as the kits come equipped with objects such as wheels, mini figures, windows, trees and office devices.
The Serious Play kits work so well because they help engage in real world problems without getting too personal or upsetting anybody’s feelings (which is very easy to do these days)!
They’re available to purchase from Lego’s official online shop for a very reasonable price, so if you’re planning any team building exercises in the future, it’s a purchase worth considering!
The Secret Ingredient for Lego Team Building
It’s not like you can’t have an enjoyable lego team building class simply with your employees and your Lego, but to make it as successful as possible, it’s probably best to hire a professional facilitator.
A facilitator will have a lot of experience with these kinds of workshops and will be the best person to help your session go off without a hitch.
Check out Marko Rillo, known as the most experienced Lego facilitator in the world. Don’t be afraid to reach out to him to ask for his help or see if he has recommendations for you!
Lego team Building – Let’s Put it All Together
So as you may have realised, Lego has uses far beyond childhood play; working adults like to have a bit of fun, too! The more engaging and encouraging you make your team building classes, the more likely your employees are to take a good memory or lesson away from the session that will hopefully have a positive impact in your workplace in the future.
There are plenty of resources and websites out there to help you plan these sessions and bring them to life, so if you’re tired of the same old icebreaker exercises that make all your colleague’s eyes roll, take the chance and put together a Lego team building day! At worst, it can be a fun memory.
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Quotations are inclusive of:
Prize for the winning team member, lego sets, consultants, MC, professional photographer.