Below, see why we think team building is such a powerful way to transform the world, and peruse examples of team building activities and events we offer. Don’t see the type of activity you’re looking for? Email or call us at 1-833-2-MAKE-IT to offer a suggestion or ask a question.
If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.
— John Cleese
THE POWER OF TEAMS AT PLAY
Do you ever find yourself or your team feeling like you’ve been staring at the same problem for weeks with zero movement? Do you feel like everything you try runs you back into the same wall?
Human beings are creative problem solvers by nature. Have you ever met a 5 year old who isn’t creating something? A tower of blocks, a pillow fort, chalk art on the sidewalk. When we were kids, EVERYTHING could be turned into something else; kitchen utensils became weapons, furniture became islands in a sea of lava, the backyard was a jungle. Do you remember how you played and created as a kid? You were a creative GENIUS!! You still are.
At Seattle Makers, we invite you to play for the sake of playing, build for the sake of building, and breathe new life into that creative force that is naturally within you. Who knows what incredible out of the box solutions you might come up with for that persistent problem that’s been taunting you for weeks.
Now imagine expanding this creative potential to your entire team. Through our team building events, we support you in infusing play and creativity into your team because we know the power of a well-functioning, unstoppable team. Since the beginning of time, teams have been accomplishing the unthinkable: crossing the oceans, mastering flight, traveling to the moon (and back). What will your team create?
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.
Below, you’ll find some examples of things your team could play with together during Seattle Makers’ Team Building events. We’d love to know what you want to learn or play with; we absolutely love brainstorming around here, so please don’t hesitate to email us or call us at 1-833-2-MAKE-IT to offer a suggestion or ask a question., ask us questions, or suggest activities. We want to serve you and your team and for you to have a blast!
Pricing: Team building events start at $125 per person. Call us at 1-833-2-MAKE-IT to schedule.
In this activity, we custom create a piece of art for you. Each member of your team receives one part of the bigger picture to paint, and then all the pieces are assembled into a larger art piece, like the one below.
Size: Collaborative art pieces can be small (the image above is 3’x4′) or be as large as a full wall mural.
Options: Smaller, individual prints can be made available at additional cost.
In this activity, we design a custom puzzle for your team to assemble, like the one pictured below.
Size: Maximum puzzle size is 30″x22″. The puzzle shown above is 20″x14″.
Customization: The design can include your company logo or team symbol, and the names of all team members can be etched into individual puzzle pieces.
Display: Once your team has assembled the puzzle, we walk your team through the process of building a frame to display the finished puzzle at your office, or turn the puzzle into the top of a coffee table.
Custom wine boxes are a unique and useful gift – especially if it comes with wine inside. In this activity, your team will build custom wine-boxes together.
Customization: Your company logo can be added so you can use your wine box to give wine as gifts to customers or for you to take home and gift to friends.
Note Pad & Pencil/Pen Box
Ready to document your ideas whenever the creative juices start flowing, this handmade box serves double duty, holding both your paper and your writing utensil.
Customization: We will laser etch your logo, name, or favorite quote on your box that you sand and assemble.
Our mouth starts watering over this recipe box with hinged lid. Assemble this box for yourself or your favorite chef (mother, father, partner, young person).
Customization: We will laser etch your logo or a favorite quote on the lid and side of the recipe box.
The sky is the limit when it comes to messages you want to share with the world. Create a sign to advertise your business, or to inspire you in your workplace or at home.
Customization: Endless possibilities! Make an individual signs for each team member’s desk, or one big sign for your office. Create a “Keep OUT – Jane’s Room!” sign for the child in your life (or yourself).
Creativity in Movement
Are you sick and tired of sitting all day? Do you want to engage creatively in a way that also gets you up and moving?
Let local artist Gabrielle Abbot take your team through a series of fun performance and art exercises that get you moving around, tap into the playful kid in you, and engage your creative side.
Mindfulness Through Drawing
What if learning a single skill could increase your ability to approach problems from a new angle and also deeply relax and take a mental break, enabling you to return to work rejuvenated and with fresh ideas?
Learning how to draw is about learning how to see the world differently. It can also be a form of meditation. When we learn to “see” with an artist’s eye, we also strengthen our mental focus. In this teambuilding event, your team will take on creative exercises from the Fine Art and Buddhist traditions aimed at improving realist drawing abilities. This can be a single workshop or a series, either at Seattle Makers or at your workplace.
Bonus: Each individual will get to take home a custom-etched art supply box with the supplies you’ll need to start your own drawing practice at home!
Sketchbooking Outside the Box
Do you keep a journal or sketchbook at work or at home to track all your creative ideas? Learn how to take that to the next level using collage, printing, textiles and painting, we’ll create multi-layered pages of beautiful art. You’ll come away with new skills that you can practice wherever your sketchbook takes you.