Leadership Inspirations Activities

Bird On A Perch

Find your partner fast and don’t be the last ones!

Duration

10 minutes

Team Stage

Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Mixer, Icebreaker, Energizer

Materials

Music (Optional)

 

SUMMARY

In this energizing game participants try to not to be last people to find their partner. It’s a great way to get the group moving around.

 

SET UP

  • You will need an open, clear playing space with enough room for people to move freely.
  • If you want or are able to, you can prepare music to play during the activity.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Each person finds a partner.
  • One person is the bird and the other is the perch.
  • Make concentric circles with all the birds in the inside circle and all of the perches in the outside circle.
  • The object of the game is for the bird to jump on the back of the perch and to not be the last one to do so.
  • If you have music, when the music starts both circles start walking in opposite directions.
  • Whenever the music stops the bird and tree must try to find each other as quickly as they can.
    • If you don’t have music, have the group sing a song that they all know (“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” etc.) and whenever you shout “Bird on a Perch” they have to find each other.
  • The last pair to find each other are out.
  • The final pair left wins!
  • Safety: Remind participants to be safe, no running, pushing etc. If anyone has neck or back problems, have the perches kneel on one knees and birds sit on the knee.

VARIATIONS

  • To speed up the game you can have multiple pairs get out each round.
  • You might know Bird on a Perch from Mingle

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?

Inclusion & Involvement

  • What does it mean to be inclusive or exclusive?
  • What did we do as a group that was inclusive? That was exclusive/not inclusive?
  • Why is inclusion and involvement important for our group?

Group Dynamics

  • What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
  • What motivates our group?
  • How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?
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?