5 Minute Team Building Activities (Quick & Effective Options)

Written by:
Eli Robinson
March 12, 2023

Do you have any 5 minute team building activities up your sleeve?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Team building activities are essential for building strong, effective teams.

While some activities require a fair amount of time and planning, there are also many quick and easy options that you can organize in just five minutes or less.

In this article, we'll explore the best 5-minute team building activities, including options for both in-person and virtual teams, as well as some fun and engaging games.

Best 5 Minute Team Building Activities (Top Options)

Water Cooler Trivia

Sure, we’re a little biased but Water Cooler Trivia tops our list of 5 minute team building activities.

If you need to quickly set up a fun activity to engage all team members, how could you possibly beat a trivia game?

These aren’t just ordinary trivia games either.

Our trivia nerds handpick questions based on your trivia preferences.

You set the trivia categories and we supply custom-made trivia quizzes.

It’s a remarkably simple process that’s enjoyed by more than 1,200 groups every week.

Yep, that’s right, thousands of people are getting stuck into Water Cooler Trivia on any given week.

That’s a lot of trivia.

In fact, we’ve sent 27,471 quizzes this week.

Two Truths And A Lie

Team members share three statements about themselves, two of which are true and one of which is false. The rest of the team then has to guess which statement is the lie. This activity helps build trust and rapport among team members and encourages open communication.

Quick Draw

Team members pair up and take turns describing a simple object while the other person tries to draw it. But there’s a catch: those describing the object cannot use the object's name or any obvious descriptors. This activity can promote communication skills and encourage creativity.

Emoji Check-In

This virtual team building activity involves each team member sharing an emoji that represents how they are feeling that day, followed by a brief explanation of why they chose that emoji. This activity leaves room for some humor. A team member could win a prize for the most inventive reasoning behind the use of an obscure emoji. Sure, it’s all a bit gimmicky - but give it a shot.

One-Word Storytelling

In this virtual team building activity, team members take turns saying one word at a time to create a story. Once the team finds their rhythm with this activity, an inevitably random and hilarious story will begin unfolding from the mouths of all team members.

Human Knot

If you’re leading a remote-working team, you can rule this one out straight away. This fun and physical team building game involves team members standing in a circle and reaching across to take each other's hands. They then must work together to untangle themselves without letting go of each other's hands. This activity promotes teamwork and problem-solving.

Best 5 Minute Virtual Team Building Activities

Show & Tell

Each team member shares an item on their desk and explains why it is important to them. This activity helps build rapport among team members and enables them to get to know one another.

Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Team members can race to find specific items in their home or office. This virtual team building activity promotes problem-solving and teamwork while also staying fun and engaging.

Fun 5 Minute Team Building Activities (Try Water Cooler Trivia)

Water Cooler Trivia is well-equipped to bring your team together for 5 minutes of fun.

Take Water Cooler Trivia for a test run with our four-week free trial.