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Free Team Bonding Game Warmup – MadLibs


A Free Team Bonding Game Warmup – MadLibs

I have always loved Mad Libs.  I’m all in on anything that makes me laugh. MadLibs is also a great icebreaker or team bonding warmup to an event.

DIRECTIONS

Give each team the same MadLib(s).  I’ve included three below but you can also purchase them via the MadLibs website or Amazon.

One team member is the READER. By team consensus, select the best person for the job.  Who will most dramatically read your MadLib to the other teams? The READER does not tell anyone what story is about. Instead, he/she asks the other players, the WRITERS, to give him/her words. These words are used to fill in the blank spaces in the story.

TO PLAY: READER asks each WRITER in turn to call out a word-an adjective or a noun or whatever the space calls for-and uses them to fill in the blank spaces in the story. Your goal as a team is to write a story that is fantastic, funny, silly, or just plain crazy-depending upon which words each WRITER provides.

Each team’s READER will present your team story to the rest of the group. WRITER’s are certainly encouraged to participate should they be inspired to do so.

The facilitator may award the team with the best presentation as he or she sees fit.

If you’ve forgotten what adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs are, here is a quick review:

  • An ADJECTIVE describes something or somebody. Examples: Lumpy, soft, ugly, messy.
  • An ADVERB tells how something is done. It modifies a verb and usually is in “ly.” Modestly, stupidly, greedily, and carefully are adverbs.
  • A NOUN is the name of a person, place, or thing. Sidewalk, umbrella, bridle, bathtub, and nose are nouns.
  • A VERB is an action word. Run, pitch, jump, and swim are verbs. Put the verbs in past tense if the directions say PAST TENSE. Ran, pitched, jumped, and swam are verbs in the past tense.
  • A PLACE can be any sort of place: a country or city or a room for example.
  • An EXCLAMATION or SILLY WORD is any sort of funny sound, gasp, grunt, or outcry, like Wow!, Ouch!, Whomp!, Ick!, and Gadzooks!

Team Building Game - MadlibsMadLib Team Bonding Game (free)MadLibs Icebreaker

Nothing like laughter to break the ice!  Try it, you’ll like it!

PS Check out my team bonding scavenger hunts and murder mystery games!

Here are some great reasons to use one of the team building scavenger hunts or mystery games at your next corporate meeting or event

Susan
Chief Imagination Officer & Creative Director
Haley Productions’ Games
Scavenger Hunts | Mystery Games
Kids’ Games | Team Bonding Games
A BBB Accredited Business since 5/1/2003

Do-It-Yourself Scavenger Hunts – Summer Fun!

Idea for Summer Fun: Do-It-Yourself Scavenger Hunts by Haley Productions. 

Here’s a creative, time saving summer fun idea: our downloadable scavenger hunts.  They are fast and easy to plan and put together.

We have a nice selection of complete outdoor scavenger hunts to choose from, all of which are ready to download as is or can easily be customized – something Julie McGehee of Norman, Oklahoma truly appreciated.

“Being able to customize the hunt by simply editing the Word document was priceless. Thank you!”

Dawn Campbell of Bear, Delaware decided to use one of Haley Productions’ hunts as an icebreaker for her bridal party – none of whom knew each other very well. Here’s what she had to say about our Operation: Our Town Scavenger Hunt:

“The hunt was great and I would do it again in a minute. I think the packaging, payment process, rules, collection items, etc. were just great.  I know that we will be talking about this for years to come.  Thanks for taking all the planning out of the equation and providing everything in a neat package.  YAHOO

Scavenger Hunt Games - Downloadable

 to Haley Productions! Your company really started the whole wedding celebration off with a bang. We will remember it always.”

Our scavenger hunt games:

Available for IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD ONLY (no mail order). Most of these games are suitable for any size group. Click on any game title below to order a hunt and to read all the details about that particular game: how the game works | examples | # of players | age range | length of game | prep time | what’s included what you need to provide. Regular Version – $19.99 | Team Building Version – $34.99 | Compare

Most Popular  Scavenger Hunt: Operation Our Town
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A walking or driving scavenger hunt designed for any area with shops and businesses (including malls). Challenges include pictures, find items, a little quiz, a fun and creative project and a final team presentation.

Scavenger Hunt: Operation City Slickers

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A walking or driving scavenger hunt designed for any area with shops and businesses (including malls). Challenges include pictures, find items, brainteasers, a trivia quiz (brainteasers and quiz are non-location specific) and a final team presentation.

Scavenger Hunt: Operation Recovery 
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A find items scavenger hunt with a special mission thrown in for good measure. Walking or driving designed for any area with shops and businesses (including malls).

Scavenger Hunt: Operation Time Flies
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A timed scavenger hunt suitable for your office complex or for your house & neighborhood – or you can take it out on the town. Picture challenges, word search/find items challenge, bonus challenge and final team projects.

Scavenger Hunt: Operation When Nature Calls
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Outdoor walking scavenger hunt designed for a recreation area or medium to large park. Challenges include pictures, find items, projects and a final team presentation.

Scavenger Hunt: Operation Streets of San Francisco CITY WIDE Hunt (this hunt is $39.99)
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We’ve designed the hunt around 4 San Francisco neighborhoods (Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, The Embarcadero and North Beach) with 10 photo challenges in each neighborhood. In addition there are 25 items to find, a 25-question San Francisco trivia quiz, 5 ‘catch as catch can’ photo challenges that can be taken pretty much anywhere and 15 super bonus point photo challenges at various places throughout the city.

Scavenger Hunt: Operation Streets of San Francisco EMBARCADERO
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Outdoor walking scavenger hunt designed for the Embarcadero waterfront area in San Francisco. Challenges include pictures, find items, projects and San Francisco trivia quiz.

Scavenger Hunt: Operation Streets of San Francisco FISHERMAN’S WHARF
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Outdoor walking team building scavenger hunt designed for Fisherman’s Wharf (Pier 39 to Ghirardelli Square) in San Francisco. Challenges include pictures, find items, projects and San Francisco trivia quiz.

Scavenger Hunt: Operation Streets of San Francisco NORTH BEACH
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Outdoor walking scavenger hunt designed for North Beach in San Francisco. Challenges include pictures, find items, projects and San Francisco trivia quiz.

Scavenger Hunt: Operation Streets of San Francisco UNION SQUARE
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Outdoor walking scavenger hunt designed for Union Square and Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Challenges include pictures, find items, projects, San Francisco trivia quiz and a final team presentation.

Scavenger Hunt: Operation Viva Las Vegas  Add Game to Cart     Add Game to Cart
Designed for fabulous Las Vegas. Challenges include pictures, find items, a Las Vegas trivia quiz, a fun and creative Vegas themed project and final team presentations.

Just one more (of many) reviews for our scavenger hunt games:

“Everyone really enjoyed your Operation When Nature Calls scavenger hunt. The instructions and scoring were really easy to figure out, even for the kids. It was a good family activity and sharing activity for groups that didn’t know each other as well. Let me say, it’s not that I didn’t have confidence in the program, but I am a professional trainer and won’t ever present an activity without piloting it with a group first, especially if I have to explain it to the group. Helps me to answer questions. This is one of the most thoroughly thought out activities that I have ever seen. Thank you.” – Cyndi Avery, Newton, IA

A scavenger hunt team having funAbout Haley Productions
Susan Haley, a New England native founded her company in 1987. At that time, she produced live performance interactive murder mysteries. Susan relocated her company to San Francisco in 1993 and a few years later, she began selling her do-it-yourself scavenger hunts online. She also sells kids’ scavenger hunts and mystery games and murder mystery games for adults and corporate team building events.

Susan
Chief Imagination Officer & Creative Director
Haley Productions’ Games
Scavenger Hunts :: Mystery Games
Kids’ Games :: Team Bonding Games
www.haleyproductions.com

A BBB Accredited Business since 5/1/2003

 

Game of the Day: Operation Our Town Scavenger Hunt Game

Check out our super fun scavenger hunt game with photo challenges, items to find and team projects

Corporate team building version of the scavenger hunt is also available

IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD. No waiting, no shipping + handling fees. Easy to customize; fully editable

Town Scavenger Hunt Game

REVIEW: “Susan, Operation Our Town scavenger hunt was a HUGE success at my family reunion!! We ALL – everyone – had a great time. The interaction was exactly what was needed. You learn a lot about people through such activities. I can’t wait to try another one of your hunts. By the way I liked to read what others thought about the product before buying and I love that you communicate with your audience – it adds such a personal touch! Wonderful!” – Andrea Johnson


HOW IT WORKS: This is an outdoor walking or driving scavenger hunt suitable for any area with shops and businesses (including malls). *This scavenger hunt will work in both large and small communities. They will embark on a super fun scavenger hunt, taking pictures, obtaining specific items and completing a creative project.

Scavenger hunts for the workplace

You’ll need about 2 hours minimum for this hunt (unless you remove some challenges). Your group will be divided into teams of 3 to 10 people. Each team will receive a collection bag (knapsack, duffle bag or even a plastic shopping bag will do) containing a digital camera (or you can use one smart phone per team), their challenge sheet – the hunt itself – and various supplies. They will then embark on the scavenger hunt, taking pictures, obtaining specific items and completing a creative project. All the challenges are worth valuable points and there are some bonus point challenges as well. At the conclusion of the hunt, the teams will prepare an optional final presentation while you “grade” their challenge sheets to find the winners based on point total (award certificates are included with this hunt). THE WINNING TEAM will have had the most fun as a team while collecting the most points.

Read more about our Operation Our Town scavenger hunt.

Spring is just about here and it’s time to get out and play no matter what age you are!  

REVIEW: “Absolutely Amazing!!!! There is no other way to describe our team scavenger hunt activity. It exceeded every expectation I could have had. The picture portion brought me to tears when doing the scoring, I couldn’t believe the things our teams came up with. I knew it would be fun, but I had no idea how much. This was truly a ‘team” building exercise, watching the men (who are only usually interested in a golf outing), roar with excitement when their teams photo or unusual item was chosen and displayed for all to see. We had a dinner that evening to present awards and the winners, this is a must in bringing things to an end. We had a projector and showed the highlights of the day on screen. The room was “electric”!!!!!!!! Thank you so much the all the tools to make this day a huge success. The only problem I have is what to do for next year, the bar has been set so high, I don’t think anything could top this.” Fondly, Desiree Clisura, Princeton, NJ

What are you waiting for?  Fun awaits.  Order our Our Town Scavenger Hunt now!

Susan
Chief Imagination Officer & Creative Director
Haley Productions’ Games
Scavenger Hunts :: Mystery Games
Kids’ Games :: Team Bonding Games
A BBB Accredited Business since 5/1/2003

Is a Murder Mystery Game Right for YOUR Event?

Thinking about doing a murder mystery game but not sure if it will be a good fit for your event?

I love that my mystery games are used for all sorts of events from fundraisers to house parties to church events to … well, whatever!

Each year, the Mora Area Chamber of Commerce performs one of our murder mystery games.  Karen Amundson is their fearless leader, director, actor, stage manager, stage hand and jack of all trades.  Her creativity and imagination are inspiring with every adaptation she makes to our games. Her efforts combined with our mystery games make for one successful event after another, like this one:

“The murder mystery dinner this year was a HIT…

Especially when my main male character (after he “died”) came swankering out to the bar for a drink, as a woman with very large boobies with fantastic nipples in a very tight stretchy dress! All eyes were on him/her and, well, we pretty much lost it for a while! He had his wig on backwards, but it really worked on him/her!

Irish Themed Murder Mystery Game“Taking Life One Shot at at Time” or “The 225th Annual Meeting of the O’Gilvie Irish Whiskey Distillery” adapted from your “Next of Kin” … (Ogilvie is a small town near Mora where we live. – We’re ScandinavianIrish Murder Mystery Game around here, mostly. Not many Irish – but falling near St. Patrick’s Day – what could we do!??) We sold shots of Jameson – in special stainless steel shot glasses we had made – with O’Gilvie – Fine Irish Whiskey – printed on them.

I played Sister Coreen. It was so fun!

Thank you again, Susan.”

Karen Amundson
Mora Area Chamber of Commerce, Mora MN

Here’s a testimonial for our murder mystery games from a church group that I just love:

“We have used two of your murder mystery games for church fundraisers. The last one was Bordello of the Damned (cast pictured). We tied this in with raising awareness of human trafficking. We donated a portion to Lutheran Social Services to help with their programs. We are a small rural church with lots of people who believe we can do almost any thing. Your games have been a big hit with everyone and a blast to perform. A neighboring church asked us to help them raise money for a local man whose restaurant burned down, so I came back to you for another murder mystery. We couldn’t decide which one to do so we bought four. We will use one this winter and one next summer for hopefully a good cause. Your games work so well for us, and our shows usually sell out. Thank you, Gene Gatewood, Svea Lutheran Church, Svea, MN”

Here’s a testimonial for our murder mystery games for a corporate event:

“We surprised the whole group with your Spies Like Us Team Building Mystery Game by covertly incorporating your characters into our meeting. They were prepared for a long boring lecture Photo: Team building murder mystery game victimdetailing a new product for our company from an ET Mars imposter. One of our supervisors (AKA Wanda Frohickey – one of the prime suspects in your murder mystery) jumped up and started yelling at the guest speaker saying he was not ET Mars. Everyone was stunned. They couldn’t believe she would stand up and yell at such an important representative of our company. The “real” ET Mars came out and called for security to escort the imposter from the building. Out I came in a security uniform and doing my best Barney Fife impersonation. People were laughing throughout the dinner and they still thought we actually had a new drug for the company in development. Overall, we had a great time and we really enjoyed the dinner. Thank you for the great script and making our dinner successful. Kind Regards, Daryl Dawson, Quincy, MA”

And last but definitely not least is a testimonial from a teenager for our Hollywood themed murder mystery game, Final Cut:

I just came back from one of the most enjoyably gratifying events of my life. Granted, I’ve only been alive for 16 years, but this is definitely one I will remember. At my high school, I am the Treasurer of our Thespian Society Chapter. We were very low in club funds so we decided to put on a Murder Mystery Dinner to raise money. I was the director and organizer of the event, and the materials that came with the “Final Cut” mystery game were such a big help. The student actors thoroughly enjoyed breaking from the standard “stage performance” and exploring interactive and improvisational theater. We had a caterer, raffles, place cards, sternos, everything to make the dinner legitimate and, in a way, classy. The audience absolutely loved the performance. EVERYONE in the high school cafeteria enjoyed themselves tremendously, and we were able to raise over $500. Thank you so much for the basis for an amazing evening. We hope to make this an annual event, and we will of course use you next time =) Sincerely, Maria Knieste and the Hills West Thespian Society, Dix Hill, NY”

ORDER AND DOWNLOAD YOUR TICKET TO A TRULY MEMORABLE EVENT HERE.  THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX WITH OUR MURDER MYSTERY GAMES.

Haley Productions’ Games
Scavenger Hunts :: Mystery Games
Kids’ Games :: Team Bonding Games
A BBB Accredited Business since 5/1/2003

Inspire Creativity In The Workplace

The enemy of creativity… is fear.

We’re all born creative, it takes a little while to become afraid.

A surprising insight: an enemy of fear is creativity. Acting in a creative way generates action, and action persuades the fear to lighten up. – Seth Godin

Fun fact: If you search for ‘creativity in the workplace’ in Google do you know you’ll get over 23,000,000 results?

Here are searches related to creativity in the workplace:

  • importance of creativity in the workplace
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Clearly it’s a trending topic.  As Seth says, “Acting in a creative way generates action, and action persuades the fear to lighten up.”

Which leads me to ask you:

What are you doing to inspire creativity in YOUR workplace…

to generate action (productivity, new products, innovative ideas…)?

I’m driven by my creativity and imagination. I’m still a kid in that way. They too are driven by their creativity and imagination – and their desire to play and to create. I’m always thinking, imagining, envisioning something “different” than what is. My mind never rests. And kids are the same way don’t you think? All you need to do is to play with a child and go where he or she leads you. Before you know it, time has passed as you become lost in their imagination. How awesome is that?

I facilitated my team building scavenger hunt games for many years for local San Francisco businesses. I have always designed my hunts from a kids’ point of view. I wanted to get adults away from technical, logical, in the box, “adult” thinking if you will and to rediscover their imagination, to rediscover the kid in them that should never go away.

Every time I facilitated one of my scavenger hunts for a company event, I would watch people as I gave my introductory speech. I would see the irritation on their faces, watch them dig in and, with their body language, clearly tell me that they were not going to have a good time because my game was going to be a waste of their valuable time.

And then they had to use their collective creativity and imagination to complete a challenge.

The transformation was absolute. The kid in all of them surfaced. They smiled, they relaxed, they laughed, they talked, they had fun and they were inspired. Whatever was going on in their office or in their life took a back seat. Sometimes they absolutely blew me away with their creative solution to the scavenger hunt challenge. They imagined something I never even thought of. Me, the creative one!

I never got tired of watching that transformation, which always came without fail.

So my next question is, what can we learn from our kids with regard to more fully using our creativity and imagination? To appreciate the power of fun? To take action and tell fear to lighten up?

Fun Team Building Activities by Haley Productions:
Scavenger Hunts & Murder Mystery Games

Plan a team activity that will be so memorable and fun that it’ll spark the creative genius, team spirit, and sense of camaraderie and cooperation in your employees or coworkers.

Exceed all expectations with our fun team games.  

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