Carton Boat

Team Building Carton Boat: swimming pool or ocean?

Carton Boat Team Building is the perfect team activity to incentive employees and clients and build their loyalty while having a lot of fun! As well as the Crazy Car Race Team Building, it is one of our favorites! It’s an opportunity to test our knowledge of the Archimedes’ principle. We would say that a boat made of cardboard cannot sail, but this action team building activity proves it is possible! The great value of this activity in Doha is given by putting together various stimuli. In fact, this event takes also part in the Creative Team Building format because of the decoration part.

What’s the goal of this original Team Building activity?

The goal of each participating team is to build boats made of cardboard, having limited time and resources. It is a test of sporting ability and, above all, technical that also implies a creative use of participants’ intelligence. Participants must design the boats following an original idea, then build and beautifully decorate them in order to make them nice to see. But, most of all, boats must be able to sail!

That’s a fun format to build, create, decorate and test the boat in water. Do you think your team will able to complete the mission without sinking?

How does the activity take place?

This team building format takes place through different stages. The teams will have to cooperate, but then everyone will also be able to show their individual talent in some part of the event. In this way, single work and teamwork get together and as a result, we can obtain an effective Team Building activity.

First of all, there is the construction phase. In this part the participants have to make a project of how to build a boat and then, with the only use of cardboards and scotch tape, make it come reality.

Basically, boats must have a simple characteristic: they must be large enough to fit people inside, that is, they must have real dimensions! It might seem a rather difficult thing, but it is not. Usually, the day dedicated to the Carton Boat Team Building starts with a briefing where you are given all the necessary information together with the materials to be able to make it. They’re not so many and so they’re easy to remember: cardboard, scotch tape, scissors, brushes and colors.

The team then proceeds to collect all the necessary materials, plan the work phases and build the real boat using the few tools we mentioned above: cardboard and tape.

For this, they deal with an apparently impossible endeavor: a boat made of cardboard. We will put to trial the principle of Archimedes, according to which the bodies can float in water. Afterward, depending on the conditions of the weather, we will start the race in a swimming pool or at the ocean’s shore!

Challenge has begun, try not to sink!

The last phase consists in the Carton Boat race.

After the engineering part, we proceed with the challenges for two, one boat against another, until we find the winners. These are the tests we make water, sometimes one of the boats sinks while the other proceeds victorious to the finish, other times the race is on par: both boats sail safely, or both sink ruinously!

As these boats are made of cardboard, the real challenge is not about speed or hustle but, instead, it’s about the survival of the boats themselves! Later, after this first elimination phase, the teams still in the race are compared, that is, those who can still use the boat.

Here the race gets tight: everyone is good, everyone rows furiously, and the victory will be for those who will better take advantage of the shape of the boat and the hand-made oars to cross the finish line first.

Carton Boat Team Building
Carton Boat: tests and prizes

Of course, during the Carton Boat Team Building there isn’t only one race. Here are some of the tests made for the boats:

  • Endurance test
  • Speed race
  • Stress test


As well, there isn’t either only one winner. The possible prizes we are giving away for teams can be different and can also be chosen by the company itself:

  • Fastest
  • Boat with best Technique
  • Best Design
  • Titanic Prize
  • Best Crew

This creative and action team building activity is an incredibly stimulating experience for the group especially when, once the cardboard boat is made, it will be able to float, and teams can sail on board! A day of teamworking is useful to form groups and working teams, but it must in first place entertain those who participate, leaving them with a pleasant memory and the feeling of having done something constructive.

Try to reach the finish line without sinking!
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Carton Boat in Doha: what are the benefits for the team?

Carton Boat team building activity stimulates our capacities of:

  • Design
  • Creativity
  • Manual work
  • Division of roles
  • Commitment
  • Healthy competition
  • Coordination of efforts

and many others you can see in the image on the left.

These types of team building events give people the time to focus on the importance of teamwork and what is needed to make people become a better team in order to work better. Learning to work together effectively will allow participants to grow and acquire how to manage mutual strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, Team Building events will enhance the value of having fun in the workplace and what important results can actually be achieved when it comes to entertainment. This advantage is often ignored, but we believe it is one of the most essential to have in any workplace.

When’s the best period to practice Carton Boat Team Building?

Since it is a race in water, it is advisable to organize a Carton Boat Race during hot weather. The end of spring, summer and the beginning of autumn are the most suitable periods for organizing this type of action team building activity, always respecting work commitments which must not be neglected.


A good idea would be to have the activity followed by a corporate dinner or even a weekend out.

This is because it will allow you to better blow off some steam. Also, it will help everyone to socialize with each other and it will be an opportunity to spend nice time together. The weekend out is the ideal time to achieve all this, because it allows you to give your employees more time to get to know each other more deeply.

Don’t forget to book the event!