Creative Ways to Form Teams

Creative and fun ways to form teams.

Of course you can count off 1, 2, 3 etc. However, if you have the time why not make forming teams another fun event. Here are some suggestions.

Handshakes
Write the numbers 1, 2 or 3 (depending on how many teams you need) on slips of paper. Then have each child pick one slip of paper from a bag. Tell them to be careful not to show anyone else the number written on it. Then have all the kids get up and shake the hand of someone else the exact number of times shown on their slip of paper. The object is for each kid to find someone else who has the same number by shaking hands the same number of times. The fun is when one kid wants to stop shaking before the other, which is a sign that they are not a match. As kids find someone with the same number, have them stay together and find someone else who belongs to their team by shaking hands. Eventually, individual teams will be formed.

handshake
 

Example: To form 3 teams with twelve kids (4 to a team) you will write four 1s, four 2s, and four 3s on slips of paper. Options: Instead of shaking hands, try clapping hands, snapping fingers, or high fives.