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Team Architect

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How To Play Team Architect

Team Architect is basically a game where you get each team to build something with very little amounts of strange materials. For example, you could give each team a packet of pop sticks and a roll of sticky tape and get them to build a bridge which will support a heavy book.

Another example is to give each team a few sheets of newspaper and some string and then get them to make an egg support. Each teams egg support has to stop the egg from breaking when dropped from a certain height.

After the allocated building time is up, all the groups come together and the structures or inventions are tested.

*** Have you got any ideas as to what the team needs to create other than what's listed here? Please share in the comments section! Thanks!

Materials Needed

Will depend on what style of game you chose.

Submitted by Joel on 19 Sep 2007 12:00:00

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I would like to get more examples

Posted by indu on 30 Jul 2011 at 8:57:31

Tallest tower out of Spaghetti and Marshmallows is fun

Posted by Josh on 14 Oct 2011 at 10:25:51

I liked that game. Actually, when you first read it, I sound sort of boring but I have played the game so I know it turns very funny. I love the fact that it makes each person participate!

Posted by Kiara Paredes on 28 Jan 2012 at 2:39:35

i am preaching at a random church of jr. high and high school kids and they are not very Godly but, i might just try this game and see if they may like it or not. i think i may have them build something out of pudding and blocks. maybe just grapes and toothpicks?!?!!??!?!? maybe i wil!!!!! thanks youth group i will post next time after i preach and tell ya if they liked it and which one was there favorite!!!! :)

Posted by mykah on 4 Feb 2012 at 11:15:33

I have done something similar that we called "Paper Towers." Each group gets 3 sheets of standard computer paper, and 3 regular paper clips. They may not get more paper or clips--that's it, and although tearing is okay, no scissors! Using these materials, they try to build the tallest freestanding paper tower. Our rule is that it must stand on its own for at least 5 seconds (and knocking over others' towers deliberately is against the rules). The tallest I have seen was 117cm! It's funny, because at first, people are just trying to get the towers to stay up, but once the measuring begins, kids have a "goal" to beat, and then suddenly, they can beat just about any number you give them.

Posted by Kat on 17 Feb 2012 at 12:14:39

straws and buid the tallest building that can stand air from a fan

Posted by Anon on 18 Apr 2012 at 10:35:19

Sorry the straws need masking tape and the team gets 10-15mins to build the tower.

Posted by Anon on 18 Apr 2012 at 10:36:26

We gave our Scouts recycled objects, like boxes, cardboard, toilet paper rolls, paper, tape, milk jugs and had them create a marble maze run... It was very interesting to see what different ideas they had!

Posted by Lisa on 27 Apr 2012 at 1:49:59

Give the kids a balloon and any other random recyclable materials. They need to make a boat that will float on water. They get more points if it can move by itself. (This can be done with a sail or by using the balloon as a motor*.)
* To do this firmly attach the balloon to the boat, Blow up the balloon then let it go preferably under the water. If they let it go in the air it will fly around the room.

Posted by Danielle on 3 Oct 2012 at 1:40:04

popcicle sticks with scotch tape, whoever can make the tallest wins!

Posted by joshie on 1 Dec 2012 at 5:03:11

you have a whole lot of diffent things on differnt tables they get to choose what table they want then get them to recreate the allocated part of the bible out of it

Its really fun we did it at youth though our mountain made of balloons didn't win :(

Posted by Alison on 8 Mar 2013 at 3:03:04

I have done this where each group had to build a hole for a mini-golf game, and at the end, they all got to play a round of golf.

Posted by KH on 20 Mar 2013 at 12:19:20

newspaper table is fun too...create a table that can stand more than 2 500ml bottle.
every group get 2 stack of newspaper and tape.

Posted by on 14 Feb 2014 at 4:32:50

I actually did a version on this one at youth camp not long ago. I'd done it last year too with the egg capsule version (build an egg chamber that will protect it when dropped from a certain height), but this year we had them make platforms. They were giving newspapers and tape, and 7 minutes to build a platform of at least 20 cm tall. After the 7 minutes each one would be tested to see which one could bear more weight, so we had about 6 of those huge chemistry books that you use in college, and start stacking them one by one... if a platform started to shrink and drop below the required height that team was out. They had a lot of fun

Posted by E.M.V, on 15 Feb 2014 at 8:48:15

We did a game like this when i first started coming to my youth group (im now a student leader), except we used spaghetti sticks and marshmallows, it was really cool

Posted by Cory on 23 Jul 2014 at 12:07:27

We played a game once using a variety of different coloured and sized garbage bags and 1 metre of tape. We got split into teams of three, and one of the three people becomes the model. The teams job was to make the best outfit out of the garbage bags and tape; super funny!

Posted by Kel on 22 Jun 2015 at 4:02:15

We did this game with a variety of things. They had to make a bridge that a small toy car could glide up onto and down on the other side....and it had to hold the car on top of course. We also built the tallest towers... the longest free standing nose built on a member of the team, etc. I usually give each team the same things... a strip of masking tape, popsicle sticks, a sheet of newspaper, a paper cup, all kinds of craft tings you can buy at the dollar store.
for and added twist you can do this where they have to buy the stuff they want. give them limited stuff and then have a person called the BOSS, "pay" them every ten min or so with play money.. then they buy more stuff at the store that they need. We rented out the scissors and the measuring tape so they could see how big things were.
The Boss can pay extra if someone does something cool.
We also turned off the lights one evening and said the power is out, you have to work in the dark, and we told them one of their members got sick and now had to sit out.... tell them they cant talk for 5 min.... so many great ideas.
Its fun, great for team work and they learn !

Posted by Benji on 20 Sep 2015 at 2:29:35

How much time should be allocated to complete the spaghetti and marshmallow idea??

Posted by Danielle on 7 Jun 2017 at 12:15:28

We just did the spaghetti and used miniature marshmallows tower game two weeks ago. They will come up with whatever time you give them. I think we gave them 7 minutes and I counted down every minute or so. This was a high school church group. They did really great!

Posted by Becky on 20 Jul 2017 at 2:58:10

We had 10 balloons and sticky tape (nothing else). The group that makes the highest tower wins. Its a fairly quick and rewarding team game.

Posted by Tanya on 2 Jan 2018 at 6:31:59

I used this activity for a team building game. The materials that I use for each group is Straws and paperclips. Try that for an activity.

Posted by teeh on 3 Jan 2018 at 1:58:51

I used biodegradable packing peanuts made from corn starch and wet sponges. You can usually find bags of these peanuts at a UPS store. The two teams had 15-20 minutes, (or until they ran out of peanuts) to build the tallest structure that could stand on its own. Each team got a piece of cardboard to build on, a damp sponge, and equal number of packing peanuts, (the more, the better). When the peanut is touched to the wet sponge, it activates and will then stick to paper, or to other peanuts instantly. Pretty fun! The cool thing was that the quickest team seemed to be winning until they realized their foundation was poor and wouldn't hold. The slower, but better built tower ended up winning because the foundation was strong and held up under the weight. Great analogy!

Posted by Molly on 1 Feb 2018 at 9:24:20

I played building a bridge/table to support a book. we were given 15 min to discuss, but were not allowed to speak during construcion phase of 15 mins. materials were newspaper and sticky tape.

Posted by Shehnaz Zakirhussain on 1 Apr 2018 at 2:38:43

I am trying this activity for the first time as a fun working together activity for Take Your Child To Work Day as an ice breaker. I am using the paperclip and pipecleaner version. How many are usually in a group for this game?

Posted by Kristine Merckx on 10 Apr 2018 at 2:58:10

Great ideas here - thanks! Another good version of free-standing newspaper towers - winner is tallest one that can support a golf ball. Each group gets one newspaper and a roll of sticky tape. Tape cannot be used to stick structure to table/floor/wall etc or to the golf ball. 10-15 mins.

Posted by AndyH on 7 Mar 2019 at 9:54:15

There is a similar game i know, you give them any kind of things. Using those, they will present a thing that looks like the thing you require them. For example, you want them to build an umbrella, they can use a thing they have that looks like umbrella or form an umbrella using things they have (ex: chair, hat, cloth, stick, books, etc). the group who presented a thing is closest similar to umbrella, wins.

Posted by Glory Ann on 22 Mar 2019 at 1:35:26

This was a great game idea perfect for our incoming Youth Camp where 5 different Youth ministries will participate ... Gotta try this!!

Posted by Thaia on 15 May 2019 at 12:51:37

We made towers ith balloons and masking tape. Lots of fun. Be careful not to break your balloons!

Posted by saltayre on 7 Jun 2019 at 8:54:10

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