Close your eyes and picture the look of excitement on a child who has just received a brand new toy. Now picture a second child, one who has never received a new toy...or a toy at all. Now, imagine what it would be like to put that same look of excitement on that second child's face, all by participating in this teambuilding activity.
As participants arrive at the event, they receive a team bandanna and meet their team at a table resembling a toy workshop. After a brief introduction, the emcee hands off to a representative from a charity, such as a foster home or Boys and Girls Club of America, who tells the group about how the toys they will assemble and collect throughout the day will make a difference to a child.
First, teams put together a little red wagon at their table and decorate it with items such as streamers, balloons, pipe cleaners, construction paper, etc. The team that is judged to have the best decorations wins a toy to place in their wagon.
Didn't win a toy for best decorations? No problem! There are lots of other opportunities to win toys in a round of challenges that are played around team tables. Sample challenges may include:
Toy Trivia - Teams answer questions about their favorite toys. For instance, how many feet of wire does it take to make a toy Slinky? Is it 23, 63 or 103 feet? Teams answering 5 or more questions right win a toy for their wagon.
Name That Tune - For instance, what #1 hit by Martika in 1989 sung about a type of toy? If they guess Toy Soldiers they're on their way to winning a toy for their wagon.
Banana-grams - Teams see how many words they can make out of letter cards. If they get a certain number in the time allowed, they win a toy for their wagon.
Mr. Potato Head - Can your team spot all of the differences between the two photos of Mr. Potato Head? If they are the first to do so, they win a big toy. All other teams finding all the differences in the time allowed win a smaller toy.
Balloon Bounce - Music plays while guests be-bop balloons around the room. When the music stops, everyone holding a certain colored-balloon wins a toy for their wagon.
The team with the most toys in their wagon at the end of the event wins award medals. But, everyone will have an award-winning feeling in their hearts when they turn the toy-laden wagons over to the charity to pass along to the kids!