Gingerbread Team Building Project notes

These are my observation notes on a Gingerbread Team Building project done at a customer site.

Ok, This is a general overview about the GingerBread group project at a company that I was working with. This was supposed to be a team building exercise, but I noticed that some people were working on the Gingerbread houses on their own. I think this might be because they were tag teaming. One person would be doing work while a member of the team would be adding their contribution to the project.

Day 1

They started off by building the teams, this was done by picking numbers out of a hat. Each number represent the group that the person would be a part of. There was someone making executive decisions, so that the teams wouldn't have a lot of people who knew each other.

After the teams were built a representative of the team would select the type of Gingerbread house they would build. This was done by selecting the house type from the hat. The following list was on the white board. (I didn't memorized this list, I wrote it down before I left.)

Gingerbread Group Projects List

  • Church
  • School
  • Houses
  • Police Station
  • Fire Station
  • Shops
  • Hospital
  • Park
  • Pub
  • Playground
  • Parking Lot
  • Skating Rink
  • Company Building

Day 2

Members of the team would then get together and coordinate what the house would look like and what supplies they would need. I believe that the company supplied the gingerbread house, and a foam board to use as the "property."

The difficult thing was trying to decide what to use to make snow. Some people thought about using Marshmallow, but that wouldn't shape easily. In the end it was decided to use white frosting.

Day 3

This is when they built the houses. Everyone shared supplies and tools between the groups. The Ginerbread houses were all created in the same room, and it was a fun social setting.

All of the designs I saw were very creative, It seemed like people were having a lot of fun coming up with different ways to show their property. Some people used glitter on the snow, while others used coconuts flakes to make the snow more fluffy. I really like the snowmen and dogs.

Total time that people put in it today was about 3 hours.

Day 4

(Not really sure the details, this is supposed to happen on Thursday. I guess people will vote for their favorite ginger bread house.) I do know this is supposed to happen at a Holiday Gathering and they will be exchanging gifts, $5 was the maximum anyone could spend for a gift.

Well I hope this gives you some ideas when you implement a Ginger Bread group project!