Our Teambuilding Options

Activities With Attitude

Red Wagon Brigade

Event Description

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.
  • Close Up Pictures - Teams try to identify classic toys or games from the extreme close up images shown.
  • Balloon Bounce – Music plays while participants 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 the pit of his or her stomachs when they turn the toy-laden wagons over to the charity to pass along to the kids!

Inclusions

  • Set, strike and delivery of an event for teams of 8-10 participants
  • Professional event leader and assistant(s) to emcee and organize the event
  • Bandanas for as team identification for each participant
  • Event equipment including customized PowerPoint, red wagons, assembly tools, challenge equipment and toys to be donated
  • Award medals for each participant on the winning team
  • Coordination including delivery to a local non-profit to receive the donation
  • DJ to provide sound system and play music throughout the event

Note: In consideration for the children and their families’ feelings and privacy, we do not "provide” underprivileged children for appearances at our charitable events. We can request the charity bring children as representatives to the event, but there is no guarantee that children will be present. We work with, and will be happy to deliver the donated items to, organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, Ronald McDonald House, and other reputable non-profit organizations. We will also coordinate with the non-profit organization to try to have an adult representative from the organization (employee or volunteer) to speak during the event. These representatives often share moving stories about the good work the organization does on a daily basis and how the money or items donated from the event will benefit the recipients. We do not guarantee that a representative will be available for your event date and time. If no representatives from the non-profit organization are available, the event emcee will give a brief overview of the organization to which the items will be donated.

Additional Event Information

Ideal Group Size

40 or more participants

Ideal Team Size

8-10 participants per team

Event Length

2 hours

Event Location

This event can be held indoors or outdoors

Level of Customization

Client logo on award medals, choice of children's charity for donation

Event Elements

Relationship building, give back to community, problem solving skills, creativity, time management

Charitable Elements

Wagons and toys donated to charity

Space Requirements

Approximately 16 sq. ft. per person

Set Up Required

One draped and skirted banquet round per team with seating for 8-10, plus six or eight foot draped and skirted tables as needed to hold donated toys. Power for DJ (standard outlet) is required.

 

Note:  Based on event location and group size, event details may differ slightly from above description