The Bridge™ | Bridge-Building Teamwork Training Activity

Competitive and fun team activity - with a practical element for face-to-face training. Encourages teams to be realistic as well as creative.

Learning Objectives

  • To read instructions carefully
  • To think before acting
  • To think outside the box
  • To optimise the use of individuals’ skills
  • A team is more than the sum of its parts

Five-Year Repeat Use Licence

This Northgate training activity comes with a five-year licence for repeat use with up to 24 participants per training session within the licence-holding organisation. Please ask for a discount for use with larger groups. Also includes access to the Northgate Trainerhub (see below for details).

  • Participants

    3-24 (up to four teams of 3-6 per team)

  • Timing

    50 minutes + debrief

  • Uses a computer?

    Not required

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The Activity

To make your model bridge you need resources: A4 card, disposable cups, sticky tape and scissors. You buy these with points earned by solving a series of problems. Some are easy but the harder the problem, the greater the worth in points. Be careful, you only have one attempt at the answer so make sure you get it right.

Once you’ve designed your bridge you can start constructing but remember your overall objective is to get the highest point score possible, so don’t waste points on resources you don’t use. Another way to win points is the length and height of your bridge. Watch the design. If the cart topples or runs over the edge, you lose out on the massive 100 points you get for a successful crossing. How you maximise both opportunities is up to you!

It’s vital that your team thinks first because in the excitement and momentum of solving problems, buying resources and seeing your bridge materialise, it’s hard to keep cool. And at the end you just might kick yourself!

Trainer's Role

  • Introduce the activity.
  • Issue Team Briefs and Task Sheets.
  • Issue resources in exchange for points as team solve the various problems.
  • After 50 minutes stop the teams, test the cart can be towed over safely and assess the final scores.
  • Lead a Debrief to discuss the learning outcomes and key lessons.
  • Relate the lessons to the workplace.
  • Full Trainer’s Notes explain all and give discussion notes.

Pack Contents

  • Trainer's Notes
  • Team Briefs
  • Resources: Construction Card, Paper Cups, Scissors, Sticky Tape, Cart, String, Tape Measure
  • Trainer's Answer Sheet (PDF file)
  • Team Task Sheet (PDF file)
  • Team Review Sheet (PDF file)

This activity is for face-to-face classroom use. It is supplied as a hard copy pack and the digital files are supplied via the Northgate Trainerhub.

Northgate Trainerhub

Benefits of the online Northgate Trainerhub include:

  • Easy-to-access resource library which stores all the digital files for the activity in one place
  • Immediate access to upgrades made to the activity over the five-year licence term
  • Access to an online Trainer Forum where you can post questions, share experiences & network with other Trainers
  • Access to free activities and icebreakers
  • Option to send information to team leaders digitally via the hub using Team Access Codes (for paperless training sessions)
  • Unlimited Trainer logins for all Trainers based at the licence-holding site

'The Bridge' was huge fun! The learning points that came out of the activity were invaluable and really helped with the action planning and subsequent follow-up session.

Jayne Oates, Altogether HR

I used 'The Bridge' on a training course with a group of 12. The learning points included plenty about teamwork - to allocate team roles, to communicate better, not to take criticism personally, to apply more control, to focus more clearly on task objectives and to listen. A great exercise; enjoyable, fun, packed with lessons on teamwork.

Steve Laing, Consultant, QC Training International

We used 'The Bridge' activity in a team building event. We had 22 people so divided them into 4 teams. This gave a great competitive edge. The game was fun for the learners and that evening they were still talking about it on Facebook and Twitter.

Nicky Donnelly, Managing Director, Aspasia Consultants Ltd

We used 'The Bridge' in a big team session which was around team bonding which went down very well, and also identified people's personality traits that came out as being a team player or not.

Maxine Knight, Management Development Trainer, Norwood

I’m loving using 'The Bridge' with clients! I’ve started a Bridge League Table so that clients can see where they sit against other organisations who have also completed the teambuilding exercise. This makes for quite an interesting conversation at the debrief – especially if they become top of the league!

Fiona Flemington, Corporate & Executive Coach, The Insightful Coach Company

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