Your teen can learn about teams on the sports field.

Teambuilding Activities for Teens

by Erica Loop

Although teens are developing the confidence and abilities to act independently, they also need to understand the value of working as a team, says the American Academy of Pediatrics' Healthy Children website. Teambuilding activities for teens can help adolescents to see beyond their own needs, collaborate with others to reach a goal and prepare for future situations such as college study groups or workplace team meetings.

1. Sports

Team sports are collaborative activities that most kids have grown up playing. If you are looking for a way to help your teen see the value of working with others, encourage her to join the school softball team, sign up for a community league or get a neighborhood game of backyard flag football together. Not only do sports help kids to understand the importance of working as a group while on the field, but they also -- according to KidsHealth -- can lead to better team attitudes in other environments. For example, if your teen adopts a team attitude on the soccer field, she can carry over these same behaviors into her group mural painting that she is working on in art club.

2. Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt provides a fun-filled way to help your teen, and his friends or classmates, come together and work as a team. Set up a school-wide hunt or create a course throughout town, the mall, the local community park or in your own backyard. Divide the kids into teams, encouraging each group to work together to find and solve clues. Create a series of clues that eventually lead to a prize or treasure at the end. This can include actual prizes such as a bin of books or CDs for the kids to share or another group activity such as a pizza party.

3. Model Making

Help your teen, and a team of her friends, to work together and build a model. Choose something simple such as a block skyscraper or go with a more complex project such as making a model airplane or car. Each teen will have to take on her own role in making the model, adding each piece to the whole. Encourage the group to assign tasks or roles to each person -- such as one person is in charge of setting the pieces out and another is in charge of gluing them together. Another option is to create a more free-form project, allowing the kids to choose what they want to create from a pile of predetermined materials. For example, give the team modeling clay, old shoe boxes, tape, poster board, scissors and paints to see what they can come up with. These types of activities provide teens with the opportunity to take turns, share responsibilities and take other people's opinions and concerns into mind.

4. Relay Race

A relay race requires kids to work as a team if they want to win. If one cog in the relay team wheel doesn't work, or at least try, the whole team will fall apart. For example, if you stage a water balloon toss relay race in which the teens need to pass the water-filled balloons back and forth to get them into a basket at the finish line, and one teen constantly drops the balloons -- because he doesn't care to try -- his team will most likely lose. Relays can help teens to better understand how important it is to work collaboratively, help out others and accomplish goals as a group.

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