Leadership Inspirations Activities

Around The World

An active name game where participants introduce themselves and race to take a seat in the circle

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Mixer

Materials

None

 

SUMMARY

Similar to “Duck, Duck, Goose”, this activity involves participants racing in opposite directions around a circle of group members while introducing themselves to each other as they go. Please note, this is a very active game and you should be mindful of group energy and physical ability.

SET UP

  • Have the group stand in a circle.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Ask for one volunteer to walk around the outside of the circle.
  • This person will pick one other person to race around the circle against.
  • They will begin by introducing themselves, “Hello my name is,..” and the person they picked has to respond with “Hello my name is,…”. The two shake hands and then race in opposite directions around the circle (The person initially walking around the circle should continue in the same direction they were walking).
  • They are racing to get back to the now open spot in the circle; whoever gets there first wins the spot.
  • When the two meet again, hopefully halfway around the outside of the circle from their starting point, instead of just trying to run through one another, they must stop and shake hands again and say the other person’s name and “It’s nice to meet you again”. After this quick exchange, they continue to race around the circle.
  • Once the group gets the hang of one group racing, have another person step out to pick someone to race against.
  • The more groups racing at a time, the crazier the game gets, but the more names you will learn.
  • Safety: Encourage walking, particularly as more and more people are racing around the outside of the circle.

VARIATIONS

  • Speed round! Have both participants run in the same direction and the participant that gets to the open spot last will immediately pick a new partner (you can also make them choose the person next to them).
  • Have some group members race on the inside of the circle if you have a particularly large group.

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Meeting Skills

  • What are some of our effective and ineffective meeting habits?
  • When are you most engaged in meetings? When are you least engaged?
  • What are the roles that people play in meetings? Why are these roles important?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?