Guest Blog Written By: Penny from On the Go OC

Joining a new team of any sport can be intimidating, that’s why when my daughter joined a new soccer team, I teamed up with some of the other moms to figure out a way to help our players break the ice! We came up came with a poppin'  Popcornopolis team building pool party to encourage our daughters to form friendships, work together and of course, have fun!

Team-building activities are fun, constructive ways to help members of youth sports teams get to know each other, build trust and learn to work together. They encourage children to find ways to work with each other to achieve a common goal. Whether at home or school, children should learn to be a part of a team made up of different individuals, so it's important to take some time out from practice to give your team an opportunity to bond and have some fun.

Poppin' Popcornopolis Team Building Pool Party

If you read my blog or follow me on social media, you will see we are BIG fans of the famous Popcornopolis 2 Gallon Tins. I like to fill my entire tin with Zebra®, but in the summer my hubby and I like to spice things up by creating our own "cheese-tastic" tin filled with White Cheddar and Jalapeno Cheddar Cheese! However, in addition to their popcorn tins, Popcornopolis also offers their delicious popcorn in beautifully packaged cones and mini cones – perfect for team building, snacking and parties! 

To get the girls excited for our upcoming team building pool party, I decided to surprise the girls with a sneak peek the week before. I took a few Popcornopolis mini cones filled with Unicorn® Popcorn to practice; not only does the Unicorn® Popcorn look and taste magically fruity, but the popcorn is made with natural flavors and is gluten-free - so I didn’t feel guilty when my daughter and her teammates devoured their Unicorn® Popcorn before getting to the car!

Poppin’ Relay Race

We played many summertime classic pool games, BUT I have to say the favorite for the girls (and for us moms to watch) was the poppin' Relay Race! Relay races are a great way to teach our kids how to be part of a team, focusing on their communication and social skills.  With 10 girls in attendance, we divided into two teams of five players. Each team of five stood in a straight line facing the back of the girl in front of her. When we said “GO”, the first girl in the line had scoop a giant handful of popcorn from the Popcornopolis Tin and pass it back to the second girl in line, who passed to the third, who passed to the fourth and so on until the fifth teammate placed the popcorn into an empty bowl. Once a cycle was done, the girls would rotate so the first player would run to the back and the second player stepped up scoop the popcorn out of the tin. The team who filled the empty tin FIRST, won! I think the girls struggled with not eating it more than passing the popcorn to the next player to fill the tin, but they worked together to overcome the temptation. HAHA!  

The members of our winning Poppin’ Relay Race team were rewarded by being the first to select a personal popcorn bag from Popcornopolis Variety Pack!  The Popcornopolis Variety Pack is a staple in our house, perfect for post practice or afterschool snacking—this big box contains 30 individual snack bags of three of our favorites: Buttered Up! (9 bags), Kettle Corn (9 bags), and of course, the ever-popular Nearly Naked (12 bags).