This is to be used in combo with one of the other workshops for free! 

To work as a team to build a clay structure

Group Size: 4 or more

Materials: Whistle or alarm & Clay, Playdough®, or any type of sculpting material


The group will be split into smaller teams of min of 2. Each team will recieve a large piece of clay or sculpting material. We will start with the team member holding the piece clay. 

The workshop host will then call out the name of the structure/object that has to be made. We will count down to 3, then the first person needs to start sculpting away at the piece of clay. When the workshop hosts shouts or whistles the piece of clay needs to be passed onto the next team member, who will continue from where the previous team member stopped. We continue like this until the hosts shouts stop! Then the piece/structure needs to be placed down. 

After each round the different groups will show there piece of that round to the rest of the groups. 

One can have a couple of rounds of this game (3-4). By the end you will see how in a short ammount of time your communicaion and sculptural skills have inproved! We will then compare each rounds objects. 

Ideas for Structures:

  1. A circus

  2. A meatballs in noodles

  3. A 'Frietjes' in holder

  4. A windmill in tulip field

  5. A busstop / 'Gemeente huis' 

Discussion after:

1. Would this have been easier/harder if you were by yourself?
2. Does being on a team make worklife easier or harder for you?
3. How did this make you feel when some memembers of the team had longer time with the clay then you?
4. Do you ever feel like you put more effort or less effort into a project than other people do who are on your team? How does this make you feel?
5. What is the advantage/disatvantages of being part of a team? 

To lift the bar a bit, extra:

* Without talking: Have the first person start making something of their own choice. The next person will then have to continue the original sculpture when the whistle is blown. The group can’t talk but tries to create something by the time everyone has had a turn with the clay. 

*With playdough only: Give each person a different colour of clay that they must add to the sculpture as they get it.

1999- Alanna Jones is “More Team Building Activities for Every Group


Creativity Exercises and Games with Clay

Other Fun Idea from Creative Youth Ideas:

  • Best impressions – Give group some playdoh and send them on a scavenger hunt to obtain impressions of various objects in the clay/ playdoh. You can put things on your list like 5 different size coins, comb, leaf, key, button, pen cap, bottle cap, can tab, fork, shell, dog-tag, chess piece, cross, earring, paper clip, tweesers, action figure, bug, small lightbulb, lego, marble, battery, chain, rope, pencil, pair of dice, monopoly piece, checkers, wrench, nail, screw, watch, belt buckle, thimble, safety pin, whistle, lifesaver, golf ball, a letter, word from an engraving, etc. Add your own.
  • Clay Bowling – Have youth make balls from the clay / playdoh. See which one can get their ball to roll the farthest, or the straightest…. Or get closest to a target.
  • Longest snake – Which team can roll our the longest snake given the same amount of clay.
  • Great Minds Think Alike – Provide each of the team with a tub of play dough. Have all the team sit in a circle with their backs to each other. Call out a theme; example Animal, Shape, Candy, Letter, Pastry, etc. Give the players 1 minute to create something with that theme. When the time is up everyone turns around to face the center of the circle and shows what they have made. Points are determined by how many team members thought of the same thing to make. So, for example if the theme was ANIMAL and four people made cats, two made fish, six made dogs, and one made a penguin then all the team members who made cats would get 4 pts, all who made fish would get 2 pts, all that made a dog get six points.
  • Pass the Clay – Divide the team into two or more teams, sit them in a circle, and then give one person on each team a large lump of clay/Playdoh. When you shout out an object, scene or word, the person holding the clay begins to shape it as fast as they can. After a few seconds blow a whistle or use some other loud noise to indicate a change and then the clay must be passed to the next person who picks up where the first person left off. Continue to change sculptors every few minutes. Shout a final “STOP” after which each team shows off their creation. You can award points for the most realistic, the funniest, etc. You can use objects, people, and ideas or everyday objects like a hotdog stand, a clown, a barn with animals, A plate of spagetti with meatballs, etc.
  • Pass the Clay Mystery Object – This is played just like pass the clay, but the first person must start making something without communicating to the rest of the group in any way what the object is. You can assign an item to the first person or let them choose the item on their own. Once you yell the final stop, have the first person express what they started to create and then compare this to the final object. It can make for lots of laughs.
  • Playdoh Pictionary – Divide the youth into 2 or more teams. Each team chooses one member to start the game as the sculptor. It’s played just like pictionary, but instead of drawing the word, the youth must shape it from the Playdoh/clay. The first team to correctly guess the word wins a point. After a word is shaped and guessed, the next person on the team becomes the sculptor. The team at the end of the game with the most points wins. The sculptors may only mould the clay to represent the word and cannot say anything, make noises, use actions and gestures or represent the word in any other way. They also are not allowed to shape any letters or numbers. The words can be people, animals, objects, concepts, Adjectives, etc. VARIATION: Instead of going through the whole bowl of words to win, you can set a timer. When the time is up, the team with the most words guessed, wins.
  • Playdoh Pictionary Race – Played the same as playdoh pictionary, but this one is a race. Each team sends one “sculpter” up to get the first word. They then run back to the team and sculpt the word. As soon as their teammates correctly guess the word, a new person from their group who has not gone yet runs up to the person with the list and they are given the next word. The team who successfully gets through the whole list first, wins.
  • PlayDoh Pong – Set up plastic cups at one end of the table in a row of five, a row of four, a row of three, a row of two, and then one to form a triangle of cups. In the bottom of each cup write a different point value – In some cups put 5, others put 10, and in others put 15. To play have each youth stand and the other side of the table. Provide them with a can of Playdoh and a plastic spoon. Give them two minutes to create as many Playdoh balls as they can and use the spoon to try and flick them into the cups. At the end of two minutes count up their points. Whoever has the most points at the end wins.
  • PlayDoh Treasure Hunt – Mix about 50-100 coins and pennies into a large amount of Playdoh and roll the Playdoh into a thick, flat mass on a table. At your signal, they can use plastic spoons to dig into the playdoh and collect as many pennies as they can in a given amount of time. The person with the most value coins wins.
  • Ring toss – Youth make coil hoops and do a ring toss over objects for various points.
  • Tallest tower – Give each team a lump of playdoh. The team that builds the tallest standing tower in the given time wins. Add some dried spaghetti for a little more excitement. The tower must be standing with no help from the group members or any other device. Read more:


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