Team Building Activity for Work – Marshmallow Challenge

Adriana Girdler

Looking for a fun team building activity? Try the marshmallow challenge! Are you trying to get your team to work more effectively together? Team building …

Looking for a fun team building activity? Try the marshmallow challenge!

Are you trying to get your team to work more effectively together? Team building activities are a great way to do it!

I know, I know – you’re bored of doing the same old icebreaker games time and time again, and your team dreads it, too. Well, what if I told you that trying something new is all it takes to get people inspired and excited once again?

If this sounds like something your team needs, then keep reading, because I’m here to give you a team building activity that I’ve had incredible success with (and I have a feeling you will too)!


If you want to download the instructions I mention in the video, click here: Marshmallow instructions PDF.

Why the marshmallow challenge?

The marshmallow challenge (which I’m about to share with you, so don’t go anywhere!) teaches people collaboration, how to be innovative and creative, and it shows people how they truly work together. It will reveal strengths and opportunities for growth. What more could you want for a healthy, effective team?

What is the marshmallow challenge?

The challenge is to build the tallest free-standing structure with a marshmallow on top! This is lots of fun when you have multiple teams competing against each other, but you can also do this with just a single team. You can get great information about how the team works together when they do this challenge.

What materials do you need for the marshmallow challenge?

You need to give EACH team:

  • 20 dry spaghettis
  • Masking tape (1 yard or 1 metre)
  • String (1 yard or 1 metre)
  • Scissors
  • 1 big marshmallow

What you need as a facilitator:

  • Stopwatch
  • Measuring tape

Details and Instructions

Obviously, as any good facilitator would do, you need to give your team clear instructions and you yourself need to be aware about the details and rules of the challenge. That’s why I myself have made a video where I explain to you everything you need to know about the marshmallow challenge so that you can do it with YOUR team. So, if you like what you’ve read so far and are interested in trying out the challenge with your team, then meet me over on YouTube for a few short minutes to get the rest of the info to make the marshmallow challenge a SUCCESS!


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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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