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The 18 Best Virtual Team Building Activities

Published on 23rd March 2021
Virtual eventsThe 18 Best Virtual Team Building Activities

Virtual team building offers countless opportunities for bringing far-flung colleagues together, however, it can run the risk of being yet another boring meeting. We know that spending all day in front of a camera and never getting to personally interact can really suck the life out of even the most enthusiastic team. And that’s why we’re here. We’ve put together a very special list of virtual team building experiences based on the simple idea that remote team building should be fun. We know how important problem solving, collaboration and communication are, so we’ve definitely factored it into our selection process. On top of these though, we’ve made sure to choose activities that are engaging, relaxing, and fun. Whether it’s a wine tasting, an online virtual platform or a pen and paper game, you can be sure that these will re-energise your team through interaction and fun!

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Organised events for teams and large groups

Sometimes, it’s just nice to let someone else take the wheel for a while. Organised out of the box events offer remote teams the chance to interact in a productive way over something completely unrelated to their daily business. Designed to inspire good feeling and increase interaction, these activities are suitable for a range of budgets and interests. When choosing an event, do ensure that you ask about any allergies or other issues that might make the experience less than awesome for any team member.

Events for large teams split into small groups

Sometimes, it’s nice to shake things up. Even though you have a large team, you might consider splitting them into smaller groups for your team building event this time. A smaller group will give everyone a chance to shine. Not everyone thrives in a large noisy group environment, and Zoom calls just make the cacophony worse, don’t they? These activities are excellent for large teams to be broken into small groups between 5 to 10 players.

Tagvenue Virtual

Group Size: A minimum of 6 players for one session and up to 30 for one session of 5 teams. Larger groups up to 300 in different sessions can be hosted by special arrangement.

Cost: From £349 to £699 for larger groups.

Session Length: 60 minutes

Enjoy a fun and relaxed event with co-workers with a variety of games and engaging activities on this easy to use platform. Each event comes with a host to guide the teams through a series of fun activities carefully designed to encourage collaboration, interaction and fun!

How to make it happen:

  1. Get in touch with the Tagvenue team and book a demo
  2. Choose a package and schedule a session to play with your team
  3. Tagvenue will send a link to every participant
  4. Click on the link to get online and play!

Green Impulse, a clue solving online activity

Group Size: No limit

Cost: A paid activity, quotes will be provided upon request.

Session length: 60 to 90 minutes

An online clue-solving activity with a dedicated host on the theme of renewable energy travel! Teammates are divided in groups of 5 and must decipher a clue together.

How to make it happen:

  1. Go to the website and request a quote for an event
  2. Book a date and time for your team
  3. Join the Zoom call and let the host guide you and your colleagues through the game

Virtual Clue Murder Mystery

Group Size: Up to 80

Cost: A self hosted group of 10 will cost around $350, around half the price of booking a virtual host ($980). Hosting the event yourself may be the smartest option.

Session Length: 1 to 3 hours

Bring your team online and work together virtually to discover the clues to solve a deadly crime in this virtual murder mystery team building activity.

How to make it happen:

  1. Book a consultation to decide upon the exact specifications of your event
  2. Get online using the login link from the Event Coordinator.
  3. Ask everyone to download the app for mobile, and login into the proprietary platform
  4. Login and start solving the mystery!

Events for large groups to do together

Sometimes you just have to go all in. These events are for large teams of 10, 20 or a 100 or more to participate in all at the same time. They will benefit from some efficient organisation, of course. That may be you, or it may be a professional host, whatever the case, you can be sure everyone will soon be enjoying some relaxed and rowdy fun.

Wine Tasting

Group size: This activity is truly scalable from 3 to 300 or more. It all depends on your budget.

Cost: Having wines delivered to each of your coworkers will probably cost around 50 euros or 40 dollars per person. Budget approximately 100-200 more for the host.

Session length: Around 1 hour.

Relax and learn about wines with colleagues from an expert able to guide you through the subtleties. This is a popular remote activity, so be sure to find a local provider able to assist with the logistics.

Enjoy a wine tasting with your team, remotely!
Enjoy a wine tasting with your team, remotely!

How to make it happen:

  1. Find a local provider of wine tasting packages well in advance and have a selection delivered to your team
  2. Often providers have a sommelier for hire who can host the event online.
  3. Schedule a meeting online and once everyone is on the video call, tell them to open their packages.
  4. They also need to make sure they have a wine glass.
  5. Let the sommelier set the tone to guide the tasting and enjoy the experience!

Create a customized quiz on kahoot.com

Group Size: From 3 to 2,000 depending on the plan you purchase.

Cost: Free options are available, but game and group size are restricted according to the plan you choose. Paid options range from $10 to $60 per month.

Session Length: 15 to 60 minutes

Play icebreaker games and host social events – in-person or remote, with customized content.

Share your screen to show the questions to everyone.
Share your screen to show the questions to everyone.

How to make it happen:

  1. Sign up on www.kahoot.com and create a customized quiz or event
  2. Send a link to your remote team - they will be answering on their phone
  3. Enter the link on kahoot.it and share your screen
  4. Play your quiz

Zoom Magicians, "Digital deception"

Group Size: This event is suitable for 2 to 200 participants

Cost: Quotes available upon request.

Session Length: 60 minutes

This pair of magicians have turned tech into something fantastical. Maximising the potential of online video conferencing, these magicians will amuse and delight any team. You will be able to discuss your particular event needs with Digital Deception before the event to ensure that it fits your needs exactly. Create an amazing shared experience for your next team building!

Magicians Doug McKenzie & Ryan Oakes, the creators of Alakazoom.
Magicians Doug McKenzie & Ryan Oakes, the creators of Alakazoom.

How to make it happen:

  1. Get in touch with Digital Deception via their website
  2. Discuss the specifics of your event
  3. Book a time and organise a Zoom call for your co-workers
  4. Get online and enjoy the show!

Virtual Tasting Experiences

Group Size: 10 to 100+, for UK only

Cost: A quote is available upon request. However, the cost of every event will include fees for such things as software configuration, customised tasting kits, tailored tutorials and dark kitchen liaison.

Session Length: 1.5 hours

Enjoy an immersive experience with your team. Whisky, wine, or delicious nibbles are all available for your selection. The event is highly customisable depending on your team’s tastes and interests.

You can enjoy a wide variety of tasting experiences from your home.
You can enjoy a wide variety of tasting experiences from your home.

How to make it happen:

  1. Book your event
  2. Organise with the company to deliver tasting kits to participants.
  3. Arrange a time to meet online.
  4. The session is customisable and can include configurable quizzes, live polling, breakout rooms, tailored tutorials, and much more.

Zoom Comedian "Funny Business Agency"

Group Size: From 2 to as many participants as can get on a Zoom call.

Cost: Bookings start at $1000

Session Length: 60 minutes

Book a comedian for your next virtual event. Choose among a selection of great comics to find someone who will make your event special.

Comedian Joe Zimmerman conducting his online show.
Comedian Joe Zimmerman conducting his online show.

How to make it happen:

  1. Get on the website
  2. Watch videos of the comedians and choose your favourite
  3. Schedule a booking
  4. Set up a Zoom link for your team to get together

Virtual Craft Workshop

Group Size: 2 to 96+

Cost: In the UK there is a £100 flat fee for every workshop to cover organizational costs. Additionally, there is a per person charge ranging from £20 to £30 that will vary depending on the workshop you choose. In the US, workshop costs will cover materials and the host and will cost from $30 to $100 for the session.

Session Length: 1 to 2 hours

Book a fun crafting class for your team! There are many options to get your team involved, including: Customise a trio of plant pots. Discover how to make three stylish reusable face coverings. Personalise a mug and ceramic decoration. Craft a contemporary spring hoop from scratch and decorate with leafy greenery and seasonal sprigs. Paint a pair of colourful egg cups.

Crafting as a team can teach you new skills.
Crafting as a team can teach you new skills.

How to make it happen:

  1. Book the event at least 3 to 4 weeks in advance and settle the logistics issues to organise the creative workshop
  2. Work with the host to dispatch all the craft materials to guests.
  3. Invite guests to take part via email.
  4. Start crafting and creating as a group!

Team Building in VR

Group Size: Group size depends on the experience you want to create.

Cost: Packages are available which include event organising and equipment rental. Prices available upon request.

Session Length: 4 hours

Get together online with your team through the power of VR. Delivering VR equipment straight to the homes of your co-workers, this company offers a variety of immersive activities. Ditch the video conference call and enjoy a virtual happy hour, games, watch parties or just hang out. Available in the US and UK/Europe.

A conference in VR - the closest thing to an event in person.
A conference in VR - the closest thing to an event in person.

How to Make it Happen:

  1. Contact the company to discuss your needs
  2. Choose a package
  3. Work with the event coordinator to plan your event
  4. Packages with rental equipment will be sent to participants
  5. Meet online at the designated time!

Simple games to play with colleagues

Not every team building needs to be a one-off large scale event. Bonds are built even in smaller moments such as sharing a laugh or playing a quick game online. The games below offer any team the chance to improve their interactions without too much fuss.

Play Trivia Games in Slack or Teams

Group Size: As many participants as you have on your communication platform.

Cost: Basic free option available. Paid packages from $29 to $49 per month with custom pricing for Enterprise level.

Session Length: This is an on demand activity and teams can play at any time.

Seamless integration of trivia, pictionary and other types of quizzes right into your communication platform. Go head to head with colleagues for some fun and friendly competition that doesn't require a third party platform.

Once you install the app, you can just play with your colleagues in a conversation.
Once you install the app, you can just play with your colleagues in a conversation.

How to make it happen:

  1. Go to the website and select a pricing package
  2. Follow the instructions to add the Trivia app to your Slack or Teams
  3. Create a leaderboard if you wish
  4. Invite your colleagues to play

Skribbl.io

Group Size: 2 to 12

Cost: Free.

Session Length: 15 to 30 minutes

Encourage your team to play this Pictionary adjacent game in a private room. You can load a list of words to play that are particular to your team, or simply play according to the words chosen by the platform. Keep track of winners and you can even turn this into a competition.

The gameplay on the popular platform skribbl.
The gameplay on the popular platform skribbl.

How to make it happen:

  1. Go to www.skribbl.io
  2. Create a private room
  3. Use the default terms or load a custom set of terms to your game
  4. Invite your team to play by sending them the link and code
  5. Hop online to play

Speed Typing Sing Along

Group Size: Most suitable for medium-sized groups from 2 to 20.

Cost: Free

Session Length: 20 minutes for one game

Tell your team to hop onto www.typingtest.com and choose a test that everyone must take. To make it more complicated, encourage your team members to also sing along to something as they type. This may sound ridiculous, but that is the point. This is a great game for letting your hair down.

Have fun singing on the computer as you type.
Have fun singing on the computer as you type.

How to make it happen:

  1. Hop on to typingtest.com and choose a game for your team to each play on their own computers
  2. While they take the test, play a song that everyone must sing along with
  3. Compare speed and accuracy after the test is finished
  4. Consider adding elimination rounds and extra points for tunefulness

Social activities - No app required

While collaborating to solve clues or other break codes can be an important part of team building, it’s also important to foster communication and interaction among your team. These activities are designed to encourage interaction and bring colleagues together in a virtual environment.

Organise an Online Lunch Meet-up

Group Size: From 2 to any number of participants

Cost: Free to organise and schedule. If you decide to offer vouchers, to cover the cost of the lunch decide on a budget for the event.

Session Length: 30 to 60 minutes

Share a meal with your teammates. Meet online and enjoy a friendly chat as you all take a break from your work day. Create a theme or offer vouchers, if you choose, but either way, taking time away from work to communicate with co-workers can bring a tremendous benefit to the work environment.

Show your colleagues your lunch set up.
Show your colleagues your lunch set up.

How to make it happen:

  1. Decide if you will contribute to their meal with vouchers or care packages
  2. Schedule a time with colleagues for a lunchtime get together
  3. Assemble your meal and enjoy time online with team members

Blind Origami

Cost: Free

Group Size: From 2 to 200. This event is suitable for any size team.

Session Length: 30 to 45 minutes

One person receives origami instructions and they are partnered with another person who has the paper. Via video conferencing the first person guides the other through the process of creating an origami figure. Collaboration is key.

Folding origami blindfolded on a video call.
Folding origami while guided on a video call.

How to make it happen:

  1. Go to www.origami-fun.com and find instructions for an origami shape
  2. Set up a call with your team and make sure they have paper
  3. Split your team into pairs
  4. Provide one of the pair with the instructions
  5. If you chose, the person with the paper can close their eyes, however, it will be just as fun if they leave them open.
  6. The person with the instructions must guide their partner in folding the paper until they have created the shape
  7. Time the session and switch the teams around to make sure everyone gets a turn
  8. Schedule a short reflection session afterwards to discuss learnings

Virtual Party

Cost: Free and paid options exist. If you have the budget, you may consider sending vouchers or gift packages to your teammates.

Group Size: from 2 to 200. If you will have a party for a larger group, make sure to utilize breakout rooms as otherwise it will be too hard to hear anyone speak.

Session Length: 60 to 90 minutes

Have fun with your colleagues by booking an off-hours social meet. Find some ways to interact as a group and then get some snacks together.

Relax and enjoy the virtual party.
Relax and enjoy the virtual party.

How to make it happen:

  1. Choose a date, agree on a time and instruct everyone to get some drinks and food in advance
  2. Plan entertaining activities – any of the team building / online games and exercises described above will do – and think of the optimal way to group employees for playing them
  3. Gather your party-goers in a video conferencing platform, such as Zoom, at the predetermined time (and don’t forget to take a snap)
  4. Start playing games by using tools that provide users with space to sit at virtual tables, as well as draw and write stuff on a whiteboard, for instance, Remo or a much cheaper option – Google Meet;
  5. Enjoy your time together for as long as you are willing and have the energy to hang around online.

Exercise Challenges

Cost: It is easy to set up free events, all you need is a communication platform and a way to track results. If you are considering a paid app, there are many virtual competitions on the internet.

Group Size: 2 to 100+

Session Length: 4 to 6 weeks

Encourage a healthy lifestyle among your remote team members and get them moving! There are either paid or free options for creating flexible employee health contests. You can track your employees’ progress in the health campaign and encourage healthy competition within the workforce. Consider buying t-shirts and medals to Incentivize your team.

Inspire your team to exercise at home for your fitness challenge.
Inspire your team to exercise at home for your fitness challenge.

How to make it happen:

  1. Set up some way to track participation or get access to a platform such as vantagefit.io or the conqueror then get your team to enroll and set exercise challenges. They should be achievable for any range of physical fitness.
  2. Offer incentives for joining or meeting targets.
  3. Set an end date.
  4. Add video calls to check on progress as a whole group and encourage teamwork.

Conclusion

We hope you take this list into consideration when you plan your next team building event. Studies have shown that helping co-workers develop a sense of community is a great way to improve performance and work satisfaction. So be sure and try more than one on this list to keep spirits up among your remote team and make sure to have fun!

FAQ

Which team building type should I choose?

Start planning your team building by settling on the type of team building you want to have. Is it a large event requiring an online platform? Or an organised activity that may require a larger budget? You can also focus on more sociable types of activities that are low cost but high on interaction.

Who should run the team building session?

These events can benefit from having a host or master of ceremonies - or at least someone able to explain the rules of the games or at least keep things moving along at a proper pace. However, using a professional event coordinator can require a larger budget. So, when sorting out the details, make sure you have the budget, or that whomever you choose is comfortable speaking to others on camera, and able to break the ice among different individuals with ease.

Should I prep my team for the experience?

Yes, it is important to prep your team before the event. Share the details of the activity and let them know the time and date well before the event so they can make sure they are free. Also, if there are any special requirements or preparations, you will want to make sure they are aware of them with enough time for them to get ready. Also, be prepared to discuss any potential issues such as allergies or other concerns that may need to be addressed when planning the event.

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